Material Stock and Disaster Waste Management

Asari, M.; Kirikawa, T.; Sakai, S. (2017) Presented at 4th International Conference on Final Sinks, Kyoto, Japan, October 25, 2017


After the Great East Japan Earthquake, predicted large scale disaster and small and medium scale disasters--like floods and landslides--occurring frequently every year have enhanced concern about disaster risk management. Disaster waste, one of the concern, may show not only the power of nature and weakness of the society but also the material stock in households and society. In Japan, enhancements to various systems, techniques, and networks relating to disaster waste have been achieved. Even in the case of disaster waste, management is generally left to municipal governments who are deciding disaster waste management plans before disasters and with improving examinations. Not only direct measurements, usual and continuous training, maintenance of waste management facility and material stock (many kinds of products stocked in houses and offices) management are also important to reduce disaster risks. In this study, we focused on the relationship between disaster waste management and usual activities related to material stock for further discussion.


disaster waste; local municipality; stock; MSW; disaster risk reduction