Apart from the direct cost to human lives and property, disasters have significant waste implications. Disasters can generate a huge amount of waste in a very short time, overwhelming the capacities of municipalities and waste management facilities. Disaster waste can affect human health by contaminating drinking water and through exposure to hazardous waste, cripple local infrastructure, and hinder rescue and rehabilitation efforts (for example, debris blocking access routes and roads). The waste is often mixed with vegetation and other debris, which further complicates separation and collection.
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From collection: Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions - Sources and Solutions