Solid Waste Management

NEW – Managing solid waste: Sector-specific guidelines for the Red Cross Red Crescent

Developed as part of the Red Cross Red Crescent Green Response Initiative, these guidelines provide practical, sector specific information on how to better manage solid waste in emergency response operations, with the aim of leading to better outcomes for affected communities and improved environmental sustainability.

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These guidelines are organised in four main sections:

Section 1 – General framework for solid waste management (SWM) in emergencies;

Section 2 – Sector specific guidance notes for water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH), shelter and settlements, livelihoods, relief and logistics, health and facility and office management;

Section 3 – General guidance notes on SWM including standards and legal requirements, waste assessments, waste collection systems, recycling, organic waste recovery, incineration and landfilling;

Section 4 – Additional resources and further information.

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