Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2011, Volume: 4, Issue: 3, Pages: 164-166
Thapa Bijay* and K. C. Ajay Kumar
The waste management practice in sanitary landfill sites (SLF) is a deciding factor for the assessment of environmental impacts such as littering, odor, groundwater, surface water and soil contamination. This article focuses on the types of waste coming to landfill and existing waste management practices followed at sanitary landfill sites of Nepal. The study was carried out at Sisdole, Pokhara and Karaute Danda sanitary landfill site of Nepal. The waste composition was performed and minute particles were sent to lab to test the composition. Waste management practice was observed at field and by interviewing key informants. The organic composition of waste were found high as 61.86%, 49.12% and 65.81% at Sisdole, Pokhara and Karaute Danda landfill sites respectively. The presence of heavy metals like lead, chromium and nickel reveals that the landfill is contaminated with industrial wastes as well. The waste management practices at Karaute Danda landfill site was better compared to other two sites, where sorting, composting and selling of recyclable and reusable wastes are done.
Keywords: Waste management practice, sanitary landfill sites, recyclable, reusable wastes.
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