Pollution Research Paper

Vol.30, Issue 2, 2011; Page No.(151-153)

PHYSICAL COMPOSITION AND CHARACTERISTICS OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE OF AHMEDABAD, GUJARAT

P.B. VYAS

Abstract

The problem of municipal solid waste is increasing day by dav with glowing population and urbanization. Proper disposal of MSW has become a necessity. The physical composition and physico-chemical characteristics of the refuse of 19 sites from both residential and commercial areas. Since the city extended and developed in a totally unorganized manner there is no clear demarcation in the MSW composition and characteristics between market area and residential area. The study reveals highest percentage composition of organic waste (57.17%) followed by other recyclable waste (21.01%), inert waste (17.93%) etc. Average percentage composition of moisture content is 47.5 and average C:N ratio is 19.52. These data are expected to be of help for preparing a sustainable and effective planning for solid waste management of the city.

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