HomeIAMURE International Journal of Ecology and Conservationvol. 3 no. 1 (2012)

Industrial and Household Solid Waste Management Practices and their Relationship to Public Health

Alvin V. Nuqui | Reynaldo C. Cruz



 Essentially, the industrial and household solid waste management practices in Calumpit, the types, origin, and volume of wastes and the effects of the solid waste management practices to public health were assessed to develop a solid waste management plan for the local government unit of Calumpit. This study made use of descriptive survey of research that utilized locally constructed questionnaire as primary data gathering tool, substantiated by extensive documentary analysis. Solid waste management practices of households in Calumpit were partially implemented in terms of recycling, re-use, reduce, and prevention. Burning of wastes practices in the household level and partial implementation of composting was deduced from the study. Composting practices were not practiced among industries in Calumpit. Most of the household solid wastes were biodegradable, followed by recyclable, residual, and special wastes. Majority of industrial wastes were in the form of metals, textiles, and fiber glasses. Mortality and morbidity rates showed death rates and disease incidences that are caused by a deficiency in the functioning of the cardiopulmonary system. These incidences are associated to their waste management practices. Hence, backyard composting, vermiculture activities, and provision of intensive information and education campaigns involving the children are necessary.