ISSN: 1659-2751

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Administrative Model of a Management Program for Solid Wastes in Rural Communities

Abstract

Three communities near EARTH University with similar characteristics such as level of education, work opportunities and lifestyle, Las Mercedes, Iroquois and Parismina, were chosen for the elaboration of this study of Administrative Management for a Waste Management Program in Rural Communities. Surveys were conducted to determine the community members’ knowledge of waste management and recycling. A SWAP (Solid Waste Analysis Protocol) was conducted to determine the type and quantity of waste produced in each community, using the methodology of sort and weight at the source. More than 60 % the waste produced in each community was organic material. The proposal presented for the waste management plan for these three communities was divided in four main stages: Generation, Collection, Reuse and the Final Deposition. A key component of this proposal is the development of alternates for the use of organic residues such as in composting. For other types of wastes, local associations and community organizations must work with the local government to develop a profitable recycling program for the community.

Key words: Rural communities, surveys, administrative management, SWAP (Solid Waste Analysis Protocol), waste management program.

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