disaster waste

Philippines – reducing the environmental footprint of super-typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

Waste "cliff" on the Santo Niño waste dumpsite in Tacloban, Philippines

The City Administration of Tacloban, together with the United Nations, had approximately 300,000 m³ of disaster debris brought to the “Holy Child” dumpsite. As in many countries around the world, the waste is being pushed over the existing edge. This way, the waste  is not compacted, and the waste is growing into a mountain. From time to time the waste slope fails and collapses, as can be seen in the rear third of the slope. The height of the waste dump is > 20 m above ground.

Philippines – coping with disaster waste

Excavators on temporary disaster waste dumpsite in Tacloban, Philippines, after the super-typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan

Immediately after super-typhoon Yolanda (or, internationally: Haiyan) had hit the Philippines, a mixture of mud, wood, cars, waste and other unpleasant stuff filled the streets of Tacloban. It took a fleet of hundreds of trucks several weeks to clear the streets. It was brought to an old bus station inside Tacloban, the Abucay terminal. From there it was transported to the official dumpsite north of Tacloban. By now the bus terminal area has been cleared, another step forward to normal life.