In this Study Session, you have learned that:

  • Waste collection means collecting waste from where it is generated. Before collection, the waste should be stored in appropriate containers with lids.
  • Primary collection takes waste from where it is produced to a transfer station. Secondary collection is the stage when it is moved from the transfer station to the final treatment or disposal site.
  • Many different containers and vehicles are used for waste collection and transfer. They are appropriate in different situations, depending mostly on size and cost.
  • Transfer stations should ideally have fences and roofs. Waste should be removed frequently to prevent unsightly and unhygienic conditions developing.
  • The routes for collection vehicles should be carefully planned so they are efficient and cover the shortest distances.
  • Private sector involvement in waste collection can increase efficiency. However, all systems need effective planning, management and operation if they are to provide a successful waste collection service and be financially viable.

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