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A Study on Problems of Solid Waste Management with Special Reference to Palakkad Municipality, Kerala, India

Author Affiliations

  • 1Department of Economics, Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
  • 2Department of Applied Economics, Kannur University, Thalassery Campus, Palayad-670661, Kerala, India

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 5, Issue (9), Pages 1-6, September,14 (2016)


Today, the scenario is quite different and the urban environment all over the world poses serious threat from excessive generation of solid waste. Rapid increase in production and consumption, urban society rejects and generates solid material regularly which leads to considerable increase in the volume of waste generated from several sources such as, domestic wastes, commercial wastes, institutional wastes and industrial wastes. There are many environmental benefits that can be derived from the use of these methods. With this background the current study aims to assess the practices of SWM and problems due to solid waste among the households in palakkad municipality. The universe of the study consists of all households who practicing the solid waste management in Palakkad. From the sampling frame of these households, a random sample of 100 households was drawn using systematic random sampling method. After cross checking our households confined to 94 and study was carried out during the period August, 2013. The study found that the size of household is directly related to the quantity of waste generated in the household. Quantity of waste created by the respondents is 2kg to 4kg waste per day and they depend upon the door to door collectors. Majority of the respondents opined that recycling is the best way of reducing solid waste, followed by reuse and reduce respectively. The study pointed out that absence of recycling unit, inefficiency of labour, no segregation of waste at source, effect of inefficient recycling, unclean waste dumping, absence of organized primary collection and lack of financial resources are the problems of solid waste management.


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