SENDAI -Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City


SENDAI -Towards a Disaster-Resilient and Environmentally-Friendly City

Target 4 Measures to Reduce Disaster Damage to Critical Infrastructure Related to Health and Educational and Disruption of Essential Utilities

Revision of Sendai City Guidelines for Management of Disaster-Generated Waste

Sendai Shiogama Port (March 18, 2011)

These guidelines, which were developed in 2007, establish the procedure for processing disaster-generated waste for the periodic earthquakes that occur in Sendai based on our regional disaster prevention plan. During the Great East Japan Earthquake, the initial response policy was decided based on these guidelines, and we were able to maintain the safe living conditions of city residents through the collection of human waste from designated evacuation centers, directly after the disaster occurred, and household waste and human waste collection, which started 5 days after the disaster.

As the processing of disaster-generated waste and other materials had already been decided in the guidelines, we were also able to accurately estimate the amount of disaster-generated waste and build public private partnership systems to process it. This allowed the large amount of disaster-generated waste, around 4 years’ worth of regular waste, to be processed more quickly than planned.
The guidelines were completely revised in FY 2013 to make the contents more practical and accurate based on our experience, and reflect the actual damage and status of work during the Great East Japan Earthquake.

InquiriesWaste Reduction Promotion Section,
Environmental Bureau

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