Plastic Sheeting: Use and procurement in humanitarian relief

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03 Jun 2008


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Plastic sheeting (also known as plastic tarpaulin, tarp, or polythene sheet) is a sheet of strong, flexible, water resistant or waterproof material. Plastic sheeting suitable for humanitarian relief is made from polyethylene. Plastic sheeting is one of the most widely used and distributed Non food Items in humanitarian relief. It is a highly adaptable material with many uses in many different sectors. This technical brief focuses on when to use, how to use and fix plastic sheeting as well as summarising its procurement.