Municipal Solid Waste Quantity, Composition and Current Management Practices in Gilgit City, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis
Volume 3, Issue 5, October 2015, Pages: 282-287
Received: Sep. 29, 2015; Accepted: Oct. 11, 2015; Published: Oct. 28, 2015
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Farasat Ali, World Wide Fund (WWF)-Pakistan, NLI (Northern Light Infantry) Colony Jutial Gilgit, Pakistan
Yawar Abbas, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Attarad Ali, Department of Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Qasim Khan, Department of Environmental Sciences, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan
Nawazish Ali, Department of Agriculture and Food Technology, Karakoram International University, Gilgit, Pakistan
Rizwan Karim, Department of Forestry and Range Management, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Jarrar Hussain, Environmental Protection Agency Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
Islamuddin , Rescue 1122 Gilgit, Pakistan
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Gilgit city with an area of around 10 sq. kilometers and an estimated population of about 65,845.6 people is most rapidly growing urban settlement of the province. This city generates about 42.5 tonne of waste per day and Municipal Committee Gilgit (MCG) is the authority responsible to manage this waste. The present annual budget of Municipal committee is around Rs. 1,8900000 (USD 189, 000). Equipments and machineries available for waste collection and transportation include 4 tractor trolleys, 200 Dustbins (installed), Dumpsters 15, Beats 7, Mazda 1 and, 25 wheel barrows. Waste is picked up manually using handcarts, baskets and polythene bags. Irregular and uncontrolled sweeping, confined to commercial zones, together with refuse generated from the household and commercial areas i.e. indiscriminately thrown on the roadsides. Tractor trolleys are used to collect and transport waste out of the city. There is no proper disposal method for the generated waste and is dumped on land within the city along Gilgit River (Indus River) bank. Major sources of waste in Gilgit city include, Household waste 40%, Commercial establishment (e.g. shops and hotels, offices) 60%. This generated waste is comprised of organic waste (e.g. food waste) 70-80% Inorganic waste (e.g. plastic, glass and metals) 20 - 30%.
Solid Waste Management (SWM), Municipal Committee Gilgit (MCG), Budget, Organic Waste, Disposal
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Farasat Ali, Yawar Abbas, Attarad Ali, Qasim Khan, Nawazish Ali, Rizwan Karim, Jarrar Hussain, Islamuddin , Municipal Solid Waste Quantity, Composition and Current Management Practices in Gilgit City, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis. Vol. 3, No. 5, 2015, pp. 282-287. doi: 10.11648/j.ijema.20150305.16
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