Keywords: MSW, municipal solid waste, solid waste management, Bangladesh, waste collection, waste disposal, waste recycling, waste recovery, landfill, dumping
Current status of municipal solid waste management system in Chittagong, Bangladesh
This paper presents an overview of MSW management in Chittagong, the second largest city of Bangladesh. The total MSW generation in Chittagong increased steadily from 538 tons/day in 1999 to 984 tons/day in 2005 and 1890 tons/ day in 2009. MSW collection coverage of Chittagong City Corporation increased from 45% in 1999 to 64% in 2008 and almost 70% in 2009. Approximately 72% (952 tons) of the total daily collected MSW in 2009 were disposed of as unsanitary landfilling and 27.62% (365 tons) as open dumping; while, only 0.16% (2,116 kg) were managed through systematic recovery and recycling.