The collection, transport, treatment, and disposal of solid wastes, particularly wastes generated in medium and large urban centres, have become a relatively difficult problem to solve for those responsible for their management. However, recycling-related activities bring waste reduction, prevention of waste of raw materials and less environmental damage as well as providing an economic benefit to the countries. In this paper, a case study of a developing country has been examined dealing with serious pollution problems due to the ineffective management of the large solid waste generated in the city of Batman in Turkey. The aim of this paper is to estimate the quantity of waste produced that requires collection and the different waste constituents, to analyze the current practices of SWM, to propose an environmentally sound and economically feasible integrated management system for dealing with solid waste. Results showed that the average generation rate of MSW was 0.75 kg/capita/day in Batman and also, it has been anticipated that the wastes could be disposed by using modern methods instead of irregular storage.
Key words: Batman City, disposal of solid wastes, recycles solid waste management.
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