Disposal of sandbags

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Sandbags can be stored or disposed of.


Sandbags that have come in contact with flood water may be contaminated due to sewerage.

  • Wear gloves when handling sandbags and wash hands thoroughly in warm soapy water after handling them
  • Never allow children to play with the sand from sandbags, or place it in sand pits. The type of sand used in sandbags is not suitable for this purpose, and it may also be contaminated.
  • Wet sandbags are very heavy, so be very careful when handling them.


Sandbags will disintegrate with exposure to the weather so they are not recommended for use after long periods of time. But they can be stored in a dry place to use again in the near future, as more than one flooding incident can occur in quick succession.

  • Wherever possible store dry sandbags as wet bags will decay quicker.
  • If you are unable to store full sandbags, please empty the dry bags and store the pile of sand in a dry place, keeping the bags so that they can be re-filled.


If you are not storing sandbags for future use:

  • Double wrap (bin liners can be used), once sandbags are wrapped they can then be taken to your nearest household waste recycling centre for disposal.
  • Or the bags can be split open, with the sand dug into your garden, and the empty bags put in your refuse bin.
  • Do not place full sandbags or sand in your bin for collection
  • Do not allow any sand to be washed into drains as this will cause blocking (and potentially flooding).

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