A review of residential solid waste management in the occupied Palestinian Territory: A window for improvement?

Issam A. Al-Khatib, Hassan A. Arafat

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Abstract

Solid waste is considered an urgent environmental health issue in the Palestinian Territory. The aim of this paper was to analyse the current status of residential solid waste (RSW) management in the Palestinian Territory, with the objective of identifying windows for improvement. The study is based on a national household sample survey in the Palestinian Territory, which was conducted by the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS). The results of this study revealed various interesting trends. For example, while about 90% of households in the Palestinian Territory receive solid waste collection service, about 50% of the households receive this service three times per week or less, leaving a chance for waste pile-up and litter generation. Organic waste (including food waste) was found to account for more than 90% of RSW, providing an opportunity for waste utilization through composting or biogas generation. Additional efforts are required, and some were suggested in this paper, in order to improve the current situation of Palestinian residential solid waste management.

Original languageBritish English
Pages (from-to)481-488
Number of pages8
JournalWaste Management and Research
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2010

Keywords

  • Dumping sites
  • Palestinian territory
  • Residential solid waste
  • Waste composition
  • Waste management

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