Storage, Collection and Disposal of Kariakoo Market Wastes in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Michael Yhdego

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In many developing countries, the market is still the most important source of commerce for traders and provisions for the general public. The transmission of disease in the market place involves factors relating to the host, the agent and the environment. This study examines the quality of solid waste management in Kariakoo market, Dar es Salaam. The main problems identified were poor market design and lack of a well organized waste storage, collection and disposal systems. Two-thirds of the waste consists of vegetable matter. Proposals for improved design of storage and collection facilities are described. Experiments revealed wastes from the market are readily decomposable by composting. A change in the design of covered markets and improvements in waste handling are essential to reduce the potential health hazards in developing countries.
Original languageEnglish
JournalWaste Management and Research
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)131-140
Publication statusPublished - 1992

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