Dataset on Disaster Waste post-earthquake 2016 in Manabi province, Ecuador. Recovery to recycling and reuse

Published: 11 September 2023| Version 1 | DOI: 10.17632/ywr9vfm9vc.1
Elvira Rodriguez Rios


A powerful earthquake that hit Ecuador on April 16th, 2016, generated large volumes of debris and waste. This dataset contains data on the recovered and reused disaster material. The dataset includes the following: Recovered plastic material. Recovered metal material. Recovered Cardboard and paper. Recovered glass. Other recovered recyclable materials. Material reused. This dataset was created to highlight the quantity increase of disaster waste (2016), comparing it with the volume generated in conditions before the earthquake (2015) and almost four years after the earthquake (2019). Furthermore, the database shows the recycling process phases completed by each of the total medium and small-sized scrap businesses (n=62) in Manabi province and the number of months post-earthquake when the scrap dealers purchased disaster materials. Finally, the dataset includes perceptions of scrap businesses about business advantages after the earthquake. Considering the considerable volume of waste and debris generated, this dataset can provide data to analyse disaster waste management as a crucial task for post-disaster recovery.


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The information regarding the reuse and recycling of disaster materials was collected through a census of 62 small- and medium-sized scrap dealers. These dealers were located in five cantons within the Manabi province disaster zone: 22 in Portoviejo canton, 29 in Manta canton, five in Montecristi canton, four in Pedernales canton, and two in Sucre canton. The data gathered was on recovered materials by inserting seven technical information sections: 1) purchase and sale of recovered material (quantity in Kilograms and price in USD), 2) operational costs (USD) of recovering recyclable material, 3) reuse of recovered material (Kilograms), 4) Recycling process phases, 5) Number of months post-earthquake when the scrap dealers purchased recycled material, 6) Business advantages after the earthquake, and 7) recyclable waste management and protocols in case of a disaster. The weight of reused materials was calculated as an average in kilograms and then multiplied by the total number of refrigerators, stoves, etc., sold monthly. The survey results allowed us to infer the recycling potential of different materials and subsequently calculate the total quantity of each material recovered for recycling or reuse.


Universidad Laica Eloy Alfaro de Manabi


Environmental Economics