The Challenges and Opportunities of Post-Disaster Waste Management

Disaster events can generate large volumes of solid waste that overwhelm waste management and emergency authorities and impact on the affected community. Despite the potential impact of disaster waste, there is currently very little preparedness in this area. The aim of this presentation is to present an overview of current disaster waste management practices, including examples from recent disaster events. The presentation includes disaster waste characteristics, hazards and management techniques. In addition, some of the key management considerations (such as human resourcing, contract management and procurement) are detailed as well as legal and funding arrangements. funding arrangements.