Abstract: In the aftermath of a disaster, large volumes of generated waste largely affect emergency response and post-disaster recovery efforts. Successful disaster waste removal process is almost always characterised by having an involved community who has a strong understanding of how this process is conducted. Nevertheless, the speed, nature and impact of disaster waste management process needs to be carefully examined as it may impose profound social impacts, which can adversely affect the recovery of the community. This paper investigates how the speed and nature of disaster waste management impacts on residents belonging to different socio-economic backgrounds, with a particular focus on the 2011 January Floods in Brisbane, Australia. Using a survey-based research design, collection of data entailed asking residents from different socio-economic backgrounds about their perceptions, experiences and understanding on the speed and nature of the removal of flood waste and its influence on the disaster recovery of their neighbourhood. The paper found that the management of disaster waste occurred rapidly which came at the expense of the residents’ losing personal possessions as a result of not enough time to salvage. Furthermore, the paper highlights that residents from high and low socio-economic backgrounds had similar attitudes about the removal of flood waste in terms of limited time allocated to salvage for personal belongings and volunteers not being briefed appropriately.