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Municipal Solid Waste Characterization, Tehran-Iran

Author(s): Helen Morabi Heravi | Mohammad Reza Sabour | Amir Hossein Mahvi

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Biological Sciences
ISSN 1028-8880

Volume: 16;
Issue: 16;
Start page: 759;
Date: 2013;
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Keywords: waste management planning | waste generation | Municipal solid waste | physical analysis

Effective waste management has been greatly restricted by insufficient statistical data on the generation, processing and waste disposal. This study was undertaken in the municipality of Tehran. A total of 6,060 samples were compared by statistically comparing source generation, destination and intermediate stations. The results from these analyses showed that the average per capita waste generation in Tehran was 589 g day-1. It was also observed that, of the total amount of waste generated in the municipality of Tehran, 73% was domestic waste and 27% was non-domestic waste. In addition, 68% of total household waste was organic waste, while 41% of non-domestic waste was organic waste. Furthermore, 61% of waste in Tehran was generated at the source, while 72% of the waste coming into the Aradkoh disposal and processing center was organic waste. The physical analysis was showed that there was no significant difference between the wastes generated in 2004 and those generated in 2009 and that there was not equal percentage of wet waste coming into the disposal center with urban service stations. This indicates that active source separation programs in metropolitan Tehran.

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