Presentation on theme: "Composition of Municipal Waste"— Presentation transcript:
1 Composition of Municipal Waste It must be noted that the Department does not encourage or participate in the burning of solid waste. Albeit there maybe fires at the landfill from time to time.Presented by: Miss Alarice FentonAssistant StatisticianStatistics Department MontserratMinistry of Finance & Economic Management
2 DefinitionMunicipal waste commonly known as trash, garbage, refuse or rubbish is a waste type consisting of everyday items that are discarded by the public.COMPOSITIONBiodegradable waste: food and kitchen wasteRecycle 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 toysHazardous waste including most paints, chemicals, light bulbs, fluorescent tubes, spray cans, fertilizer and containersToxic waste including pesticide, herbicides, fungicidesMedical wasteIn montserrat we do not sort our garbage – no recycling is donePersons especially those who do back yard gardening make composts.
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 wereto 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 CLASS MATERIAL CATEGORY Compostable Organics Recyclable Glass 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 GapsThe 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