Comparison of Rural Solid Waste Management in Two Central Provinces of Iran

Document Type : Research Article


1 Department of Civil Engineering, Sirjan University of Technology, Kerman, Iran

2 Faculty of Environment, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran


Solid waste management has been known to play an important role in public health and the environmental status of developing countries. Waste assessment can help researchers and governors in management programs and devising alternative plans in order to improve public health and economical savings. In the present study, statistical estimations regarding waste generation and type of solid wastes in central provinces of Iran has been provided. Chaharmahal and Bakhtiari and Yazd are located in central regions of Iran, with an average waste production estimated at 0.507 and 0.293 kg/ca/day, respectively. Improper solid waste management continues to be a big concern in the region, with water contamination as its main consequence. High amount of putrescible material ratio showed the capability of bio-fuel generation in rural areas. The results of survey conducted among waste management experts showed that waste separation prior to collection is recommended as the most efficient method for managing waste collection in the area. This study could contribute to the body of knowledge enhancement by proposing a set of practical waste management strategies that would be beneficial in rural areas.


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