Estimation of the disposal of domestic recyclable material in Chiriqui, Panama

The management and disposal of solid waste is a worldwide problem; Latin America, and Panama does not escape to this reality. The goal of this work was to estimate of the amount of domiciliary recyclable plastic and glass discarded in the Province of Chiriquí. While developing the research, environm...

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Main Authors: Aparicio, Mónica, Hernández, Conny, Fossatti, Lidiet, Castillo, Aylin, Pino, Jorge
Format: Artículo
Language: Español
Published: Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá 2020
Online Access: https://revistas.utp.ac.pa/index.php/ric/article/view/2617
https://ridda2.utp.ac.pa/handle/123456789/12179
Summary: The management and disposal of solid waste is a worldwide problem; Latin America, and Panama does not escape to this reality. The goal of this work was to estimate of the amount of domiciliary recyclable plastic and glass discarded in the Province of Chiriquí. While developing the research, environmental information about benefits of recycling was presented to educate people about the problem of residual plastic and glass. During a month, the accumulated recyclable plastic and glass waste was collected and weighed. A total of 26.03 kg/month of recyclable plastic was produced from eight sampled houses, with an average of 3.25kg/month of recyclable waste per house. Only one of the houses provided data to estimate the disposal of recyclable glass; which was 1.94 kg/month of glass containers, this could indicate that families trend to reuse glass more than plastic. Based on the information generated, it can be estimated that these houses could be producing about 0.312 tons of plastic per year. This work represents the first published estimate on the production of household recyclable waste in David, Chiriquí; which could be information of relevance for the formulation of local solid waste recycling and management initiatives.