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Thoughtful Disposal of Sandbags After a Flood

Thoughtful Disposal of Sandbags After a Flood

Sandbags are necessary to protect others and their property by keeping storm waters away. However, there are drawbacks to these tools once the rain has stopped. Since these emergency supplies naturally retain water, they also are susceptible to bacteria and harmful contaminants. 

If not disposed with care, these bags can breed bacteria and ruin your property value. Consumers should access the fabrication of their bags, as well as their use to come up with the correct way to handle and dispose. Ahead is a helpful guide to educate and inform you on safety precautions. 

Tips For Caring and Disposal of Sandbags

  • Protect your health by wearing boots and gloves. Boots will prevent you from slipping and falling.
  • Use caution when listing bags as to ensure they don't break and litter sand around your yard.
  • If you're not careful, sand from flood water can make you sick due to their chemicals, bacteria, and fuel can cause entertainment and heal problems. Sewage and septic tank materials may also lead to irreversible property damage.
  • These tools are generally formed with a solution of various sizes and types of sand, such as coarse grain that scratch the surface and fine grains that can simply fly away! in the wind! Always wear gloves and protect yourself from getting the sand on your skin and in your eyes. 
  • Never use sand onto a playground, beach, or sandbox. This sand may be contaminated and will cause environmental issues and health hazards.

How To Dispose of Soiled Bags and Sand 

For details on disposals, reach out to your local landfill sites or direct companies for help. Many consumers need assistance especially after a flood or storm and specific areas could have legal ordinances and dates to dispose of soiled and damaged bags. Call your town hall or check the newspaper for any announcements. 

You can easily transport multiple soiled bags to drop-off locations in the back of a flatbed truck. Enlist friends to help you carry many bags at once. Make sure to clean and disinfect the bed after the bags have been emptied. 

How To Dispose of Clean Bags 

  • You can store and reuse clean and filled bags for up to six months in case of a future flood.
  • Consider saving empty and unused sandbags for future purposes or recycling them at a designated center.
  • Clean sand can be utilized to cover roads during icier winter months to prevent accidents. Sand can also be mixed with mortar or concrete and cover landfills.
  • Never dispose of sand in a waterway or protected area. Environmental sites such as wetlands and flood plains are especially sensitive to sand damage. 

Contact Us Today! 

NYP is proud to serve our nursury horticultural, agricultural, and industrial industries with assistance to proper disposal and care after a flood. We also work with several government agencies for safety and standards up to code. 


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