Disaster Waste Management Guidelines (DWMG) Online

Disaster Waste Management Phases

Immediate Actions

These actions are initiated within hours of the disaster onset and start with a hazard ranking using the following steps to identify most urgent priorities:

  • Identify waste issues: Determine geographical distribution of disaster waste through governmental sources, hazard identification, geographical information systems, news and information gathered from local agencies as well as communities
  • Characterise waste: Quantity, composition and quality of the identified waste streams and dumps/landfills through site visits and waste sampling/analyses even if it is cursory
  • Map waste: Compile the above data in a waste map of the affected area. The map will be a valuable tool throughout the process and can be updated as further information becomes available
  • Assess waste: Develop a plan outlining necessary actions and next steps for affected areas. Where waste is present, determine if there is also a ‘pathway’ and a ‘receptor’ for hazardous substances
  • Prioritise Actions: Each identified waste stream and/or issue is given a ‘common sense’ ranking based on the guide found

See below for relevant tools and resources.

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