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Characterization of MSW and related waste-derived compost in Zanzibar municipality

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dc.creator Vuai, S. A. H. 2020-03-25T08:03:16Z 2020-03-25T08:03:16Z 2010 2021-05-06T13:10:14Z 2021-05-06T13:10:14Z
dc.identifier Vuai, S. A. H. (2010). Characterization of MSW and related waste-derived compost in Zanzibar municipality. Waste management & research, 28(2), 177-184.
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dc.description The spread of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Zanzibar municipality has been associated with environmental pollution, unpleasant city conditions, contamination of water sources and coastal areas together with harbouring of malaria vectors. The contamination has a close relationship with eruption of diarrhoea, cholera and typhoid which claim the lives of the residents. Most of the wastes are of domestic and market origin and have the potential for compost production. This study examined the possibility of composting MSW from Zanzibar municipality as an alternative way of SW management and assessed the nutrient contents of the compost for application in agricultural production. Two major classes of SW were selected for the study: municipal solid waste and rice milling by-products. The samples were composted aerobically and anaerobically. The results showed that aerobic composting reduced about 60% of the waste volume. This volume reduction suggests that composting can be a promising SW management technique by reducing the large demand of space for landfilling. Municipal solid waste composted under anaerobic conditions produced compost with relatively higher concentrations of dissolved species than that produced under aerobic conditions. The trace metal contents were higher in MSW than in rice milling by-products. It was found that the unmanaged compost collected from the dumping site had low nutrient contents and was enriched with trace metals. Generally, physico-chemical characteristics, nutrients and trace metal levels suggest that Zanzibar municipal solid waste can produce high-quality compost for application to a wide range of soil types to improve their fertility, under proper management.
dc.language en
dc.publisher SAGE
dc.subject Compost
dc.subject Composting microbial community
dc.subject Trace metals
dc.subject Zanzibar
dc.subject Waste management
dc.subject Pollution
dc.subject MSW
dc.subject Municipal Solid Waste
dc.title Characterization of MSW and related waste-derived compost in Zanzibar municipality
dc.type Article

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