A source book on solid and liquid waste management for rural areas

Solid and liquid waste management are becoming issues of great concern in rural India. The changes in consumption patterns including that of people living in rural areas have an impact on the quantity and kind of wastes generated. It is estimated that rural people in India are generating liquid waste (greywater) of the order of 15,000 to 18,000 million liters and solid waste (organic/recyclable) of the order of 0.3 to 0.4 million metric tons per day respectively. While there is an increase in non-biodegradable components in the waste generated in rural areas, a large part of the waste is biodegradable in nature. This poses great health risks if not treated and managed in a sustainable way.

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