CHARACTERIZATION AND CATEGORIZATION OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE OF A DISPOSAL SITE: AN INVESTIGATION FOR SCIENTIFIC MANAGEMENTANIL NAIN, RAJESH KUMAR LOHCHAB, KULBIR SINGH, MIKHLESH KUMARI, JITENDER KUMAR SAINI AND PARAMJEET DHULL
Appropriate disposal of solid waste is the most crucial concern in the contemporary urban localities especially in developing countries. Assessment of municipal solid waste composition was carried out from May to October 2019 in Hisar, India in order to amend the management approaches. The major fractions of the total wastes were food waste (34.82%), polythene (16.39%), paper (4.02%) and plastic (3.69%). The laboratory assessment was also performed for various physico-chemical characteristics of the solid waste. The observed value of different parameters were pH = 8.21, moisture content = 33.95%, volatile content = 44.38%, total organic carbon (TOC) = 20.19% and calorific value = 7165.47 kJ/kg. Without proper segregation almost all of waste generated is disposed of on dumping site. The paper, plastic and cardboard can be recycled, but were not recycled.