Waste Quantities and Characteristics

  • Ramesha Chandrappa
  • Diganta Bhusan Das
Part of the Environmental Science and Engineering book series (ESE)


Waste management is one of the important services provided by most urban authorities. Solid wastes need to be characterized by sources, generation rates, types of wastes produced, and composition in order to monitor and control prevailing waste management systems while improving the existing system. These data will help to make financial, regulatory and institutional decisions. But population explosion and invention of new materials have kept the quantitities and characteristics changing every day. As per the conservative estimation done by the World Bank in 1999, the municipal solid waste (MSW) from urban areas of Asia would raise from 760,000 tonnes/day in 1999 to 1.8 million tonnes/day in 2025. With the increasing income in the countries of Asia, the solid waste management would be more challenging in the coming days in the continent.


Solid Waste Municipal Solid Waste Waste Generation Waste Management System Demolition Waste 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biomedical WasteKarnataka State Pollution Control BoardBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Chemical Engineering DepartmentLoughborough UniversityLoughboroughUK

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