Manual or guideline

Solid Waste Management in Emergencies - Technical Note

Author: WHO & WEDC

Year: 2011

WHO and WEDC technical notes on drinking-water, sanitation and hygiene in emergencies.

The safe disposal of solid waste is critical for public health, and is especially true during an emergency. Not only will existing collection and disposal systems be disrupted, but there will be extra waste caused by the emergency itself. Initially, for camps of displaced people or refugees and similar new sites, there will be no arrangements in place at all. If solid waste is not dealt with quickly, serious health risks will develop which will further demoralize the community already traumatized by the emergency. This technical note highlights the key issues to consider in managing solid waste during and shortly after a disaster.

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