Waste Footprint of Kochi City, Kerala – An Analysis

Conference: International conference on Sustainable Design, Engineering and Construction
Author(s): Athira Ravi, Subha Vishnudas Year: 2016
Grenze ID: 02.SDEC.2016.1.6 Page: 31-44


Common waste produced during pre modern era was mainly ashes and human waste, and these were released back into the ground locally, with least environmental impact. Following the onset of industrialization and the sustained urban growth of large population centers, the buildup of waste in the cities caused a rapid deterioration in levels of sanitation and the general quality of urban life. A lot of solutions arose like land filling, composting, incineration, pyrolisis etc. for handling the problem. But all of these either had an environmental impact or a public protest. What we have to do is to have a proper account of waste generated and its impact. Waste foot printing is one such technique which quantifies the impact of waste generated by an individual. This paper gives an overview of the waste foot print of residential areas of Kochi city, its analysis, findings and discusses the various sustainable options to reduce the waste footprint of the residential areas of Kochi city.


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