7.5  Handling and on-site storage of solid wastes

In some areas, residential waste is taken from a collection point to the disposal site by the kebele authority or by a contractor employed by the authority. In other places the householder either takes their waste to a communal disposal point or disposes of it in a pit in their yard. This is also true for commercial and industrial organisations.

Unless the waste is placed in a pit as soon as it is produced, there will be a need for some kind of storage. Storage is the first stage of the waste management process. It is important because poorly handled and stored waste can be sources of nuisance, flies, smells and other hazards. The other stages of the waste management process are covered in Study Sessions 8 to 11.

7.4  Quantities of residential waste

7.5.1  Types of storage containers