# Frequent question: How will you determine the quantity of solid waste generated in a city?

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Multiply the number of population with the waste generation per head/day x 365 days. Generally for Indian conditions the rate of waste generation for residents, staff and visitors have been calculated as 0.5,0.2-0.3 and 0.15 kg/day/person respectively.

## How do you calculate generation of solid waste?

Waste Generated was calculated as the sum (in tonnes) of Waste Diverted plus Waste Disposed. Waste Generated per capita was calculated using Waste Generated divided by population.

## How is waste generation measured?

The calculation can be measured using four methods; percentage of material purchase, % of material required by design, kg/m2 of gross floor area and m3/m2 of gross floor. The method of survey is done by the composition of volume and mass and the Waste Generation Rates is found between 3.275 – 8.791 kg/m2.

## How do you calculate the amount of solid waste you generate daily?

Measure the total number of kilograms collected for certain number of days X. Divide this amount by number of days to get rate per day and the divide by the number of residents in the locality or households to get rate per day per person.

## How do you calculate solid waste generation per capita?

Municipal solid waste generation per capita is simply calculated as the amount of MSW generated divided by the population with MSW collection service.

## What is a solid waste generation?

Solid waste generation rates estimate the amount of waste created by residences or businesses over a certain amount of time (day, year, etc.). Waste generation includes all materials discarded, whether or not they are later recycled or disposed in a landfill.

## What are the factors that determine the generation of solid waste and explain each of them?

Geographic and physical factors that affect the quantities of waste generated and collected include:

• geographical location: related primarily to the different climate that can influence both the amount generated and collection operation.
• season of the year.
• frequency of collection.
• characteristics of population.

## What is the quantity of solid waste?

The quantity of waste produced is lesser than that in developed countries and is normally observed to vary between 0.2-0.6 kg/capita/day. Value upto 0.6 kg/capita/day are observed in metropolitan cities (Table 3.6).

## How do you calculate waste production percentage?

Divide the amount of waste diverted by the total amount of waste, then multiply by 100 to get the percentage.

## What are examples of solid waste?

Examples of solid wastes include the following materials when discarded:

• waste tires.
• septage.
• scrap metal.
• latex paints.
• furniture and toys.
• garbage.
• appliances and vehicles.
• oil and anti-freeze.

## How much waste is generated at home in a day in India?

About 0.1 million tonnes of municipal solid waste is generated in India every day. That is approximately 36.5 million tonnes annually. Per capita waste generation in major Indian cities ranges from 0.2 Kg to 0.6 Kg.

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