Short Term: Debris Disposal
Written by Shardae Watson
By October 2005, the Louisiana DEQ estimate
of the amount of
As of June 2006, FEMA has given $403.6
million for debris
removal in the
Debris management includes collecting the
hazardous material from the non-hazardous material, and disposing of it
necessary manner. The people of
Green waste includes vegetation. This includes uprooted trees, tree stumps, destroyed marsh land and other ruined plant life. Such debris can easily be burned and disposed of, used to create trap sediment, or used as compost.
White goods are objects such as refrigerators, stoves, washers, toasters and dishwashers. If they are not too damaged, they can be repaired and reused. If not, then all gases contained in the objects (such as Freon, a cooling agent) are disposed of before the object itself is destroyed.
C&D, or construction and demolition debris, includes building materials such as steel concrete and asphalt. Concrete and asphalt would be able to be ground down to be used as a sub-base in road building, while brick could either be reused or be ground up for use in landscaping. Metal could be turned in scrap metal, while dirt could be used either with soil or to cover landfills.
If any electronics can be salvaged, then they will be repaired and reused. If they are beyond repair, then anything that can be reused (such as metals) will be taken out and the rest will be put in a landfill.
Most of the amounts of toxic waste found in the floodwaters range from just a few ounces to 55 gallons. As of February 2006, recovery groups have gathered about 31,000 drums (55 gallons or more), 29,000 propane tanks, 36,000 cylinders, and 4,700 large containers.
Site of Disposal
The main landfill under consideration for disposal of the hurricane debris is the Chef Menteur Disposal site in Gentilly. This site, if it is chosen, will be storing hazardous waste and the waste of gutted homes. Everything else that can be reused or recycled will be salvaged.
Several problems with the location of the
landfill have to
do with the fact that the site is only 1-4 feet above the water table
it is next to the
The landfill is also in an area that is very susceptible to storm surge.