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REPORT ON THE SOLID WASTE SOURCE AND DISPOSAL PRACTICES IN COMMERCIAL AREAS AND PUBLIC PLACES OF MYSORE CITY, KARNATAKA, INDIA – A CASE STUDY
Mamatha M. C. and Dr. S. Basavarajappa*
Mysore is a third most populous city in Karnataka, has vibrant history, heritage and attracting tourists around the world every day. It is trying hard to maintain clean environment at places of tourist importance. To record the solid waste produced at commercial areas and public places, 63 wards were selected randomly in 20 different places and visited those places personally during January to April, 2018. The solid waste origin, source, production, collection, storage, isolation, transportation and disposal were collected at various commercial areas and public places by using pre-tested questionnaire. Waste from edible items included 13 vegetables, 11 fruits and six bakery shops and waste from non-edible items consists of 10 plastic items, four metals, three each rubber and cloth and paper items appeared at commercial areas and public places and this varied considerably. Overall, 63.7% bio-degradable and 36.3% non-biodegradable waste appeared at commercial areas and public places in Mysore. Further, collection, isolation and disposal practices are varied considerably. Mysore has already crowned with the clean city status three times, still more scope is prevailed to manage solid waste and demanding regular update of the solid waste management practices, for that innovative and economically viable strategies are needed to control solid waste at places of tourist interest amidst commercial areas and public places in Mysore.[Full Text Article]