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Current status of municipal solid waste management system in Chittagong, Bangladesh

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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.

Keywords: MSW, municipal solid waste, solid waste management, Bangladesh, waste collection, waste disposal, waste recycling, waste recovery, landfill, dumping

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