Solid Waste Management in Emergencies

This technical note outlines some of the key activities in dealing with solid waste in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Solid waste refers here to all non-liquid wastes (e. g. rubbish or garbage). Sometimes solid waste may contain faeces. Solid waste can create significant health problems and a very unpleasant living environment if not disposed of safely and appropriately. It can provide breeding sites for insects and vermin (e. g. rats) which increase the likelihood of disease transmission, and can attract snakes and other pests. Unmanaged waste can also pollute water sources and the environment.