Disaster Waste Management Guidelines (DWMG) Online

Different Types of Waste


The types of waste that need to be managed during a disaster not only depend on the hazard itself, but also on the environment within which the disaster occurs (e.g., urban/rural), the emergency context, the needs of affected populations as well as the humanitarian response itself.

There are different ways to categorize disaster waste. Here, we cover the following types:

  • Healthcare waste
  • Hazardous waste
  • Rubble & Debris
  • Waste in displacement camps
  • Ordinary domestic waste
  • Industrial waste
  • Other commercial waste
  • Agricultural waste
  • Dead bodies
  • Other
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