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Sustainable approach of solid waste management of small urban area: case for Habibganj municipality in Bangladesh

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Solid wastes comprise all the wastes arising from human and animal activities. According to WHO (World Health Organization), solid waste can be defined as useless, unwanted or discarded materials arising from domestic, trade, commercial, industrial and agricultural as well as from public services. Existing solid waste management system (SWMS) of a small urban area of Bangladesh namely Habibgang Town has been presented in this paper. Socioeconomic and environmental problems that are related to SWMS of  Habibgang Town have also been described in this study. The objective of the paper was to give a general idea about solid waste generation from a small urban area, its associated problems and management system. Future plan for sustainable development of the city has also been suggested in this paper. Habiganj Town, a district town and a first class pourashava, is located in the Southwest region of Sylhet Division of Bangladesh. The River Khowai flows beside the Town. The population of the Town is about 100 thousands and the area is about 9.05 square kilometer (BBS, 2001).

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