Disaster Waste Management Guidelines (DWMG) Online

Different Types of Waste

Agricultural Waste

Agricultural waste refers to different waste materials that result from agricultural operations, such as crop-growing or livestock farming. It can include harvest residues (herbs, grains, root tubers), manure from livestock, fertilizer, pesticides and herbicides Agricultural waste as such is not typically regarded as disaster waste. However, during a disaster, storage plants and warehouses may be destroyed or flooded, resulting in the spread of nutrients and pesticides into the surrounding environment. The spread of pesticides is the most serious potential problem in this case. Additionally, the agricultural land itself can become disaster waste if it is destroyed or contaminated during floods and tsunamis

The presence of organic waste, such as crops and seed, is of no imminent risk as long as it does not affect water sources.

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