Disaster Waste Management in Japan

Sakai, S.; Misuzu, A.; Yoshioka, T.; osako, M.: Takigami, H. (2011) Proceedings of 2011 World Congress of International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), pp. 172-181


This report concerns primarily the generation and management of the disaster waste from the Great East Japan Earthquake that occurred in Japan in March 2011. The Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management's Taskforce on Disaster Waste Management and Reconstruction has tackled this disaster waste problem and obtained research results including estimation of the amount generated, dissemination of management measures, production of a waste management manual, and measures to deal with tsunami deposits. Japan's largest-observed earthquake of magnitude 9.0 and a huge tsunami with a maximum runup height of 40 m generated at least 25 million t of waste that must be appropriately separated and recycled, and properly managed.