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How do you get rid of garbage in a home-made underground shelter?

I watched those WWII public service videos about bomb shelter living and they just put garbage in a bag and into a metal garbage can to be disposed of later, I guess? Isn't there a better way... like burn it or something.

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sandraindayton (author) 7 years ago
THE BEST ANSWER I GOT WAS FROM SOMEONE I WAS TALKING TO AND SHE SUGGESTED AN INDOOR NON-ELECTRIC COMPOSTER,
LIKE THE KIND YOU CAN KEEP IN YOUR KITCHEN AND USE FOR FOOD SCRAPS. TOGETHER WITH A COMPOSTING NON-ELECTRIC TOILET WOULD PRETTY MUCH TAKE CARE OF MOST OF YOUR GARBAGE FROM A MODERATE SIZE SHELTER THAT WOULD FIT THIS EQUIPMENT. I THINK THAT'S A PLAUSABLE IDEA AND WILL SUFFICE UNTIL SOMEONE COMES UP WITH SOMETHING BETTER....ALL UNDERGROUND SHELTERS HAVE TO BE VENTED, SO DOES THE COMPOST TOILET. AS FOR AIR QUALITY, SOME INDOOR LOW LIGHT NEEDING PLANTS THAT CLEAN THE AIR. I HAVE SOME PRETTY SMART FRIENDS......
have you tried walking outside and putting it in the trash bin?
sandraindayton (author)  adrian gumba7 years ago
I wouldn't wanna do that after a nuclear or chemical attack, like I hadn't thought of that or something.....your alota help
In Vietnam, during the war, when there were all those tunnels, 3 layers deep underground, when they cooked, the smoke was vented into a special area, an underground room just for the purpose of diffusing the smoke. It was often under a tree. Somehow, they felt that was the best place to diffuse the smoke.
110100101108 years ago
if you burn something in a shelter you get intoxicated from the smoke no venta can get out the smoke fast enough and anoher point - bombs are not falling non stop. its not like ww2 movies. the risk in getting out for few minutes does not justify siting in there forever without seeing light of day. a word of experience
If there is an incinerator or chimney BUILT IN you wouldn't have a problem with the smoke-it would be 'pumped' out by overpressure (many bomb shelters had an air pump) and draft. Depends on how long you are going to be there-most of the supplies were stored there to be out of the way, not used down there (until the later nuke shelters).
those should be pretty advanced shelters in israel a bomb shelter is a concrete room underground with few emergency crawlspace exits and lighting and ventilation and water. addons that are not allways installed are benches to sleep on and chemical weapons air filter. there are options like food storage and place for electrical generator (im sure the smoke-out path provided for it could be used for other smoke too) but i never seen them used in the recent incidents where we had qassams (2009) or katyushas (2006) falling. those are small rockets that can go thru 3 concrete ceilings but the real danger is the sharpnel. most shelters need time to get to and you risk more on the way to them than by sitting at home (the walls protect you from sharpnel). the shelters are ok for sitting long time in there if they have food reserve (was not crucially needed cause there were pauses between waves of booms) and something to do against boredom in 2006 a friend of mine tried to light a small bbq in the emergency crawlspace under the point where it turns up (it goes then all the way up to the exit - there are no more horizontal sections) and the smoke did get into the shelter very quickly. a fan over the bbq and 3 X 100 W industrial fans pumping air into the shelter from another place (to create wind outwards thru the crawl space) did not help either a newer type of shelter is a concrete reinforced room inside the home (that eliminates the need to run to outdoor shelter). it gives way better protection from small rockets but is not underground so not too effectie against direct or close hit of larger rocket. there is no reservoir of anything inside it cause you dont really risk that much by exiting from it to the home
lemonie8 years ago
They wouldn't be in there for more than a few hours. But I guess if they had a fire in there they might burn it. L