Ecological Footprint of Waste Generation in Digos City


Waste is directly related to the consumption of food and dumping to the land. Ecological footprint describes a relationship between the amount of land required to dispose the generated waste. Like any other City, Digos City faces increasing urbanized waste but lacks waste dumping area. This study calc ulates the ecological footprint in order to assimilate the waste.
The waste generation in Digos City was 0.38kg/capit a/day composed of the following: 6% paper, 19% plastic, 6% glass, 6% meta l and food 60%. To assimilate these wastes (without recycling) requires 0.1 globa l hectare per capita consisting of 399.06 m 2 /capita for paper, 180.53 m 2 /capita for plastic,17.10 m 2 /capita for glass, 68.41 m 2 /capita for metal, and 342.05 m 2 /capita for organic waste. By land category, 1,007 m 2 /capita of energy land and 0.154 m 2 /capita of built up land required for assimilating the total generated waste in Digos City respectivel y. Different scenarios related to recycling rate were formulated. The results could b e used to develop environmentally friendly and sustainable waste management for Digos City.

Source InstitutionNational Statistical Coordination Board
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Place of PublicationDigos City
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