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2 The challenges and opportunities of post-disaster waste management Charlotte Brown (until 30 November 2012)

3 presentation outline background existing plans and guidelines waste characteristics operational strategies management considerations

4 disaster waste management background

5 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami Photo credit: Erica Seville, University of Canterbury background

6 2005 Hurricane Katrina Photo credit: Tim Townsend, University of Florida background

7 2009 Victorian Bushfires background

8 2010/2011 Christchurch earthquakes background

9 YearEventWaste Quantities 2011Japanese tsunamiestimated 25 million tons (on land) 2011Christchurch earthquakeestimated 8 million tonnes 2010Haiti earthquakeestimated million tonnes 2009LAquila earthquake, Italyestimated million tonnes 2008Sichuan earthquake, China20 million tonnes 2005Hurricane Katrina, US76 million cubic metres 2004Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne, Florida, US3 million cubic metres 2004Indian Ocean Tsunami10 million cubic metres (Indonesia) 2004Hurricane Charley, US2 million cubic metres 1999Marmara Earthquake, Turkey13 million tonnes 1995Great Hanshin-Awaji Earthquake, Kobe, Japan15 million cubic metres

10 Why is good disaster waste management important? social impact economic impact environmental impact background

11 existing plans and guidelines 2008 USEPA Planning for Natural Disaster Debris

12 existing plans and guidelines 2011 UNOCHA Disaster waste management guidelines

13 existing plans and guidelines current planning focusses on operational aspects. it is challenging to plan for a very wide spectrum of disaster impacts. a possible approach is to use disaster waste indicators (see Brown, 2012 thesis, for more detail) - disaster scale - number of displaced persons - geographical extent of damage - duration of hazard event - damage to road network - volume of waste - human & environmental health hazards - movement of the waste (from point of origin), and - difficulty in handling the waste.

14 waste characteristics - composition typical types of waste vegetative construction and demolition personal property / household items household hazardous wastes white goods soil, mud and sand vehicles and vessels putrescent

15 waste characteristics - quantity how much waste? varies widely between different disaster types and built environments. FEMA have developed some waste estimation tools (FEMA, 2010, Debris Estimating Field Guide and FEMA, 2009, Multihazard loss estimation methodologies). UNEP are currently developing some debris estimating tools. some models have also been developed in Japan.

16 waste characteristics - hazards Photo credit: Tim Townsend, University of Florida

17 operational strategies

18 operational strategies - collection Hurricane Katrina kerbside collection Photo credit: Tim Townsend, University of Florida

19 operational strategies - collection 2009 Samoan tsunami clean-up

20 operational strategies – handling Temporary storage in rice paddies and mangroves, following the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami

21 operational strategies – handling Space needed: 50ha per 1,000,000 cu.m debris 2007 FEMA Debris Management Guide

22 operational strategies – treatment reuse / recycling waste to energy incineration

23 operational strategies – final disposal Lyttelton Port Reclamation Christchurch, 2011

24 management considerations overall management and coordination: link with recovery authority human resources: skilled and unskilled work, livelihood and capacity building opportunities public participation public communication human health and environmental risk management: accept there will be higher risks laws and regulation: flexible and bounded funding – public vs private

25 disaster waste has a significant impact on a community's social, economic and environmental recovery. flexible planning is needed. both operational and management aspects need to be considered. summary

26 key references UNOCHA, Disaster Waste Management Guidelines, January 2011, Emergency Preparedness Section, Joint UNEP/OCHA Environment Unit. USEPA, Planning for Natural Disaster Debris EPA530-K , Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Office of Solid Waste, USEPA. Brown, C., Disaster Waste Management: a systems approach. PhD thesis. University of Canterbury. (in particular, Appendix N) term= #focus term= #focus Brown, C., Milke, M. & Seville, E., Disaster Waste Management: a Review Article. Waste Management, 31,

27 thank you and questions?

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