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


Disaster Waste Management Scoping Study - final report (2016) Disaster Waste Management Scoping Study - final report (2016) (2890 KB)

This study provides a review of current disaster waste collection and management practices in SA.