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Effect of COVID-19 on the Generation of Waste in Marrakech, Morocco

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submitted on 2024-04-30, 08:07 and posted on 2024-05-01, 12:06 authored by Abdellah Ouigmane, Otmane Boudouch, Aziz Hasib, Omar Ouhsine, Elhoucein Layati, Rima J. Isaifan, Elhousseine Alaatchane, Ahmad Mottassadik, Mohamed Berkani

Background

The production of solid waste continues to increase as the population and standard of living increases. In addition, changes in living conditions can induce significant variation in the quantitative and qualitative characteristics of waste.

Objectives

The aim of the present study was to examine the impact of the lockdown period on the generation of solid waste produced in the city of Marrakech.

Methods

The tonnage of household waste, construction and demolition waste and green waste was collected from the landfill and an analysis was made during the lockdown period in 2020 in comparison with the same period in 2019.

Results

The analysis of solid waste tonnage in 2019 and 2020 showed that the lockdown had a significant impact on the various wastes; with a 27.61% decrease for household waste, 6.27% decrease in the case of green waste, and 57.40% decrease for construction and demolition waste.

Discussion

The degree to which the tonnage of household waste decreased depended on the standard of living in each district which was defined by housing type. The tonnage of construction and demolition waste was influenced by the halt in construction activity in the city.

Conclusions

The results of the present study showed that the tonnage of household waste and demolition and construction waste decreased during the lockdown period.

Competing Interests

The authors declare no competing financial interests.

Other Information

Published in: Journal of Health and Pollution
License: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
See article on publisher's website: https://dx.doi.org/10.5696/2156-9614-11.30.210606

History

Language

  • English

Publisher

Environmental Health Perspectives

Publication Year

  • 2021

License statement

This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • Hamad Bin Khalifa University
  • College of Science and Engineering - HBKU

Geographic coverage

Morocco

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