Disaster Waste Management Guidelines (DWMG) Online

Different Types of Waste

Rubble & Debris

Debris is a mixture of building waste and rubble, typically resulting from damaged and demolished buildings and infrastructure. This waste stream can include:

  • Building and infrastructure debris such as concrete, steel, wood, clay and tar elements
  • Household furnishings and belongings included in the damaged built environment
  • Parts originating from the power and telephone grids, such as electrical poles, wire, electronic equipment, transformers and all related equipment
  • Parts of the water and sewage distribution system
  • Natural debris such as clay, mud, trees, branches, bushes, palm tree leaves and
  • Large items such as damaged boats, cars, buses, bicycles and furniture
Credit: Salomon Ruales/Mira Ecuador
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