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    Abstract - Issue Apr 2007, 28 (2)                                     Back


The household garbage in the western coast region of Turkey and its relationship with the socio-economic characterstics


G. Atasoylu*1, E. D. Evci1, E. Kaya2, F. Ergin1 , D. Tikir2 and E. Beser1

1Department of Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Adnan Menderes University, Aydin-09100, Turkey

2Municipality of Aydin, Directory of Scavenging Service, Aydin-09100, Turkey

(Received: November 24, 2005 ; Revised received: April 25, 2006 ; Accepted: June 10, 2005)

Abstract: The aim of this study is to detect the daily amount of household garbage generated from districts within the limits of municipality of Aydin, the amount and contents of recyclable materials and to evaluate the effect of socioeconomic state. In this cross sectional survey, garbage was collected for one day from all of the districts, weighed both totally and after separation into groups. The districts were assessed according to literacy, drinking water sources and toilet indexes. For each district, three indexes were calculated viz. literacy, water and sewage index. Points between 1-3 were given and by adding points of each index, socioeconomic development (SED) score was calculated for each district. The daily amount of garbage produced was 0.91 ? 0.74 kg/person and recyclable material was 0.08 ? 0.13 kg/person (6.4%). A significant corelation was found between SED point and amount of recyclable materials (p<0.05). There was a positive, strong and significant correlation between workplaces in the districts and recyclable garbage (r = 0.597, p<0.05). In further analysis, number of workplaces increased the daily amount of garbage by 9.9 times (p<0.001; 95% confidence Interval : 4.538-15.189), whereas population 0.6 times (p<0.05; 95% confidence interval : 0.407-0.708).

Key words: Household garbage, Solid waste, Recycling, Environmental health


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