Studying municipal solid waste generation and composition in the urban areas of Bhutan

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Title Studying municipal solid waste generation and composition in the urban areas of Bhutan
Author Phuntsho, Sherub; Dulal, Ichharam; Yangden, Dechen; Tenzin, Ugyen M.; Herat, Sunil; Shon, Hokyong; Vigneswaran, Saravanamuthu
Journal Name Waste Management & Research
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage Publications
Abstract Bhutan lacks the solid waste data which are essential parameters for planning and scheduling of municipal solid waste management (MSWM) systems. The first ever large-scale research survey on solid waste generation and characterization in the urban areas of Bhutan was conducted between November 2007 and January 2008 using the method of waste sampling at source. The MSW generation rates in the urban centres were 0.53 kg capita–1 day–1, which consists predominantly of organic waste materials of up to 58% indicating a great opportunity for composting. Domestic waste from the households contributed the maximum (47%) component of the total MSW generated from the urban centres followed by wastes from the commercial establishments. Attempt to study the correlation between household monthly income and the waste per capita generation rates did not yield any conclusive result.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0734242X09343118
Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 The Authors. This is the author-manuscript version of the paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 28
Page from 545
Page to 551
ISSN 0734-242X
Date Accessioned 2010-05-18
Date Available 2011-06-16T06:02:14Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Atmospheric Environment Research Centre
Faculty Faculty of Science, Environment, Engineering and Technology
Subject Environmental Science and Management
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/30242
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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