These guidelines represent the knowledge and lessons learned on disaster waste management and provide national authorities and international relief experts with sound and practical knowledge on how to manage disaster waste.
Now I know that women can do the same things as men. Thanks to all at the MSB who arranged this training course.” So said one of the MSB's locally employed male drivers after a training day on 6 March in Dungu in the northeastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Disasters and conflicts can generate large quantities of solid and liquid waste that threaten public health, hinder reconstruction and impact the environment. Disaster waste (DW) can be generated by the actual disaster and later during the response and recovery phases.
Public health risks can arise from: direct contact with waste accumulated in the streets, hazardous wastes such as asbestos, pesticides, oils and solvents, and indirectly from vectors such as flies and rodents, and from postdisaster collapse of unstable structures.