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Municipal solid waste composition in urban municipality: case study of Parit Raja

Yusuf, Mohammed Sani and Radin Mohamed, Radin Maya Saphira and Wurochekke, Anwaruddin Ahmed (2013) Municipal solid waste composition in urban municipality: case study of Parit Raja. In: 1st FPTP Postgraduate Seminar 2013, 23 December 2013, Fakulti Pengurusan Teknologi dan Perniagaan, UTHM .


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Solid waste management (SWM) is acknowledged as one of the most challenging issues faced by both the developed and developing countries. The problems increase due to growing population in recent years which results in increased generation of waste compositions. The aim of this study was to determine the current waste compositions at selected areas of Parit Raja municipality for improvement of waste management system. Compositional analysis of MSW was done covering 20 households which was categorized in 3 zones and 3 restaurants respectively. Types of waste components from the study area were determined by sorting out method. Results from the analyses indicate that the average majority of waste composition at the 3 zones was organic (53%). Recyclable wastes (plastic, paper, metal and wood/cardboards) make up 44% and the remaining 3% was miscellaneous component. Similarly, at the 3 restaurants the average majority of waste composition was organic (68%), while the recyclable wastes (plastic, paper, metal and wood/cardboards) make up 30% and the remaining 2% was miscellaneous component. These reveal high compositions of organic waste stream at the study area. Hence to enhance present and indeed future sustainable SWM the followings are recommended applicable mitigating measures :(i) Enhance food composting under controlled conditions to a state of sufficiently stable for nuisance free-storage and handling. This reduces the volume of MSW destined for disposal at landfills and yields agricultural manure. (ii) Design an intelligent system such as sensorised waste collection container meant for content estimation and collection optimization (iii) Enforcement of waste legislation and (vi) Continuous public awareness campaign on waste related issues such as separation of wastes at source for easy recycling reduces adverse environmental impact.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: composition; generation; municipal solid waste; huosehold; restaurant
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering > TD785-812 Municipal refuse. Solid wastes
Divisions: Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering > Department of Water and Environmental Engineering
Depositing User: Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2014 00:45
Last Modified: 28 Aug 2014 00:45
URI: http://eprints.uthm.edu.my/id/eprint/5818
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