Invited Session: Resource Management and Waste Diversion
Solid Waste Composition Analysis and Recycling Evaluation: Zaatari Syrian Refugees Camp, Jordan (0.5 CEU)
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10:15 – 10:45
Moderator: Dr. Sahadat Hossain, Ph.D., P.E., Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Director, Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability University of Texas at Arlington
The presentation demonstrates the composition of municipal solid waste (MSW) in Zaatari Syrian Refugee Camp in Jordan. Representative waste sampling and analysis was conducted, including household and commercial waste produced by refugees in selected districts in Zaatari. The sampling was performed in 2015 over two seasons to ensure that the seasonal fluctuations in the composition of waste stream are taken into consideration. The organic waste represented the main waste category with 53 percent of the total MSW, while plastics, textile, and paper and cardboard were 12.85 percent, 10.22 percent and 9 percent respectively. The MSW composition in Zaatari Camp is similar to that in municipalities in Jordan with slight disparity. Plastics and paper and cardboard have significant potential to be separated and collected for recycling. Financial revenues of potential recyclables have been analyzed based on local prices. A recycling model in the camp also is proposed based on the present study findings.