Household Solid Waste Generation Rate and Onsite Handling Practices in Debre Berhan Town, Ethiopia
Science Journal of Public Health
Volume 5, Issue 1, January 2017, Pages: 31-34
Received: Nov. 10, 2016; Accepted: Nov. 26, 2016; Published: Jan. 7, 2017
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Asmamaw Abera Kebede, Department of Public Health, Medicine and Health Science Institute, Debre Berhan University, Debre Berhan, Ethiopia
Tadesse Lelago Ermolo, Department of Nursing, Health Science College, Wachemo University, Hossana, Ethiopia
Takele Gezahegn Demie, Department of Public Health, Medicine and Health Science Institute, Debre Berhan University, Debre Berhan, Ethiopia
Tufa Kolola Huluka, Department of Public Health, Medicine and Health Science Institute, Debre Berhan University, Debre Berhan, Ethiopia
Wendwesen Dibekulu Tsega, Department of Public Health, Medicine and Health Science Institute, Debre Berhan University, Debre Berhan, Ethiopia
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Solid waste management is one of the public health problems in Ethiopia. Accurate and reliable information on solid waste generation rate and onsite handling practice are very important elements to plan and implement solid waste management system. This study aimed to assess solid waste generation rate and onsite handling practices among the households of Debre Berhan town. A community based cross-sectional study was conducted on 211 households, and systematic sampling technique was used to select those households. Data was collected through face to face interview using pre-tested and structured questionnaire for onsite handling practices. The amount of solid waste generated per day was weighed to determine generation rate. Data entry and cleaning were done using Epi Info version 3.5.4, and analyzed by SPSS version 20. Solid waste generation rate from the households of Debre Berhan town was 0.253Kg/capita/day. Majority of the households (85.8%) in our study area had onsite storage, but only 8.5% of them had practiced appropriate onsite handling. Solid waste handling at household level was mainly the responsibility of the women (72%) compared with others family members. Poor onsite solid waste segregation was observed from the present study as 90% of households store all types of wastes in a single container. In conclusion, onsite solid waste handling practice was poor in our study area with less shared responsibility among the family members.
Keywords
Solid Waste, Solid Waste Generation Rate, Onsite Handling
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Asmamaw Abera Kebede, Tadesse Lelago Ermolo, Takele Gezahegn Demie, Tufa Kolola Huluka, Wendwesen Dibekulu Tsega, Household Solid Waste Generation Rate and Onsite Handling Practices in Debre Berhan Town, Ethiopia, Science Journal of Public Health. Vol. 5, No. 1, 2017, pp. 31-34. doi: 10.11648/j.sjph.20170501.14
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