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An assessment of the current municipal solid waste management system in Lahore, Pakistan.

Masood, M and Barlow, CY and Wilson, DC (2014) An assessment of the current municipal solid waste management system in Lahore, Pakistan. Waste Manag Res, 32. pp. 834-847.

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The current status of solid waste management in Lahore, a metropolitan city of Pakistan, is reviewed in this article using an existing approach, the UN-Habitat city profile. This involves a systematic quantitative and qualitative assessment of physical components and governance features of the current waste management system. A material flow diagram (MFD) is developed, which allows visualisation of the current waste management system with all related inputs and outputs. This study shows that in the current system, waste collection and transportation is the main focus, however the collection coverage is only about 68%. There is no controlled or even semi-controlled waste disposal facility in Lahore. There is no official recycling system in the city. It is estimated that currently ~27% of waste by weight is being recycled through the informal sector. Making use of the organic content of the waste, a composting facility is operative in the city, producing 47,230 tonnes year(-1) of organic compost. Lahore does not perform very well in governance features. Inclusivity of users and providers of the waste management system is low in the city, as not all stakeholders are consulted in the decision making processes. Waste management costs US$20 per tonne of waste, where the main focus is only on waste collection, and the current user fees are much lower than the actual costs. This study recommends that recycling should be promoted by increasing public awareness and integrating the informal sector to make the current system sustainable and financially viable.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Lahore Solid waste management integrated solid waste management landfill material flow analysis recycling Cities Conservation of Natural Resources Pakistan Refuse Disposal Soil Solid Waste Waste Disposal Facilities Waste Management
Divisions: Div E > Production Processes
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 18:57
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2018 20:13