Mathematical model for forecasting household - generated solid waste for Sekondi - Takoradi Metropolis Western Region of Ghana

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The study sought to forecast household generated solid waste at Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis. The main objectives of this research were to determine the rate of solid waste generation at various collection points, and to formulate a mathematical model to forecast Solid waste quantities. Data was obtained either by direct observation or by personal interview. The data was analysed and modelled using the Classical Time Series Decomposition. The study revealed that the generation rate in the market areas ranges from 0.8 - 1.9 kg/c/d. for the middle – high -income residential areas, the rate ranges From 0.54 - 0.69 kg/c/d and the rates For the low income residential areas range from 0.4 4 - 0.53 kg/c/d all based on year 2000 data. However, the metropolis is has an a generation rate of 0.6lkg/c/d. According to the data presented, and the analysis of’ it, it is believed that the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis will generate about 65,803 tons of household solid waste in year 2002.
A thesis submitted to the Department of Theoretical and Applied Biology, College of Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Master of Science degree in Environmental Science, 2002