An Analytical Study oif Effect of Family Income and Size on Per Capita Household Solid Waste Generation in Developing Countries
Dr. Priya Grover, Pavitra Singh

The rate of generation of household solid waste in the developing countries is increasing with an increase of population, technological development, and the changes in the life styles of the people which is posing a great environmental and public health problem. As family size and income are the most significant factors affecting the quantity of solid waste from household consumption, a study on the relationship among these is vital in the decision making on waste management strategies. Therefore, a study was conducted in Dehradun city to find out the correlation among residential solid waste generation, family size and income. This study covered 100 houses with different socioeconomic levels such as income level and family size. There were six components of solid waste; food waste, paper, polyethylene, plastic, glass and metal which were evaluated in this study. Based on monthly income, generation of food, paper, plastic and glass waste showed nonsignificant positive correlation while non-significant negative correlation was found with polyethylene waste. Further, residential waste generation such as food, paper, plastic and metal showed significant positive correlation with family size whereas generation of glass and polyethylene waste showed non-significant positive correlation with family size.

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