The danger of disaster wastes and uncontrolled dumping solid waste from camps, households and relief programmes can pose a major threat to public health and hinder reconstruction efforts. Since disasters and conflicts often generate significant quantities of these waste types, a timely response and safe handling of the wastes is critical to recovery of the affected communities.
If this waste is not properly disposed of, uncontrolled dumping can have a damaging impact on public health and the environment. Contaminants can leach into soils and groundwater, there can be an increase in vermin, as well as unpleasant odors and negative visual impacts.
Hazardous and healthcare wastes pose an even greater risk to people if not disposed of properly. This can compound the existing problems, particularly during the emergency phase, creating a need for even more support and financial resources.
An appropriate disaster waste response is not only better for affected communities in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, but it can also be the catalyst for promoting longer-term sustainable waste management solutions. Waste can even provide a valuable resource for reconstruction works and can help stricken communities to generate much-needed income.
Disaster Waste Recovery supports communities in a range of different ways:
We provide a rapid response to managing disaster waste, giving communities practical waste management and environmental protection support, as well as skills and expertise. We work alongside the organisations responsible for the planning, design and implementation of disaster waste projects in the countries affected. Our support ranges from preparedness planning to disposal of all types of waste.
We enable communities and responsible local authorities to design and implement effective disaster waste management projects through:
There is often a lack of adequate and appropriate waste management equipment and machinery in the disaster recovery phase. Without it, it is often impossible to implement successful disaster waste management projects that handle waste safely and effectively reuse, recycle and dispose of it. We help to develop the appropriate technical specifications for such specialist equipment and machinery, as well as supporting the procurement process.