Disaster Waste Management
Experience from around the globe demonstrates that developing a disaster waste management plan can greatly improve outcomes by building capacity within individuals and organisations to undertake waste management activities. Without contingency planning, debris from a disaster has the potential to overwhelm a city's waste and recycling infrastructure, impede disaster response and recovery activities. Managing the debris following a disaster has positive impacts on the health and well being of affected communities and the environment.
Disaster waste management can:
- Greatly impact the speed and cost of recovery
- Provide local employment following the disaster
- Deliver recycled products to rebuild infrastructure in affected communities
This study provides a review of current disaster waste collection and management practices in SA.