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Title: Characterization of Solid Waste in the Atwima-Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region, Kumasi-Ghana
Authors: Osei-Mensah, Philip
Amatey Adjaottor, Albert
Owusu-Boateng, Godfred
Keywords: Solid
Waste
Characteristics
Biodegradable
management
Issue Date: 20-Jul-2008
Publisher: International Journal of Waste Management and Technology
Citation: International Journal of Waste Management and Technology;Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2014,
Abstract: Solid waste characterization study is fundamental to any proper planning of solid waste management in an area. This study was undertaken to assess the characteristics of the waste generated in the Atwima Nwabiagya District, of Ghana to enhance scientific management of solid wastes in the district. The Direct Waste Sorting was applied to solid wastes collected from fifty-three (53) households with different socio-economic characteristics over a two-week period. Results indicated that the average solid waste generation rate for the district was 0.66 kg/capita/day with a mean daily weight of 109000 kg, expected to grow by 34% by the year 2018. Solid wastes which were biodegradable and recyclable nature were dominated by food, yard and garden waste (54.8 %), plastics (3.1%), metals (0.3%), paper (1.6%), wood (0.3%), glass (0.2%), textiles (0.7%), sand and ash (40%) suggesting that an integrated waste management approach supported by willingness to source-separate wastes could be the best option for the district. With the right knowledge of the general culture of the communities and willingness to source-separate such approach would provide opportunity for the district to maximize revenue through compost preparation, recycling and land reclamation while reducing public health problems associated with management of solid waste.
Description: An article published by International Journal of Waste Management and Technology;Vol. 2, No. 1, January 2014,
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/6168
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