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Composition of Municipal Waste Presented by: Miss Alarice Fenton Assistant Statistician Statistics Department Montserrat Ministry of Finance & Economic.

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1 Composition of Municipal Waste Presented by: Miss Alarice Fenton Assistant Statistician Statistics Department Montserrat Ministry of Finance & Economic Management

2 Definition Municipal waste commonly known as trash, garbage, refuse or rubbish is a waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public. COMPOSITION Biodegradable waste: food and kitchen waste Recycle materials: paper, glass, bottles, cans, metals, certain plastics, fabrics, clothes, batteries etc] Inert waste: Construction and demolition waste, dirt, rocks, debris. Composite wastes: waste clothing, waste plastics such as toys Hazardous waste including most paints, chemicals, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, spray cans, fertilizer and containers Toxic waste including pesticide, herbicides, fungicides Medical waste

3 Data Sources/Method of Computation The Environmental Health Department is not in a position to determine the total volume of waste entering the landfill per year. However a waste characterization study was conducted in 2010.

4 Method of Data Collection The objective of the study were to examine the composition and quantity of solid waste disposed at the new windward landfill site. To identify opportunities for waste material recovery. This took place over a two week period except on Sundays. Wastes were categorized in the following

5 Method of Data Collection Ctd Solid Waste Material Classes and Categories MATERIAL CLASSMATERIAL CATEGORY CompostableOrganics RecyclableGlass Aluminum Cans Paper Plastic Textiles Metals The different waste were then sorted as per above categories and weighed.

6 Availability of Data No time series Data only collected from waste characterization study.

7 Data Gaps The Department is now on a sensitizing mission in the advancement of data collection for the environmental statistics and indicators.

8 Recommendations and Area of Improvement/Way forward Continue to liaise with the department and concretize the activities of all stakeholders


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