Safe Solid Waste Disposal
INDICATOR PHRASING: % of households that dispose of their solid waste in a safe manner
What is its purpose?
The indicator assesses the proportion of households who dispose of their solid waste in a way that does not threaten their or other households’ health (arising, for example, from the breeding of flies and rodents or from polluting water sources).
How to Collect and Analyse the Required Data
Collect the following data by conducting individual interviews with a representative sample of your target group members:
RECOMMENDED SURVEY QUESTION (Q) AND POSSIBLE ANSWERS (A)
Q1: Can you please show me where and how you usually dispose of your household’s solid waste?
1) bury it
2) burn it
3) carry to a designated trash can/ dump
4) carry it to an unofficial dump
5) other – specify: …………………………
NOTE: Only answers 1-3 count as “safe disposal” (option 3 only if it is an officially designated place posing no health hazards).
To calculate the indicator's value, divide the number of households that dispose of their solid waste in a safe way (i.e. answers 1-3) by the total number of interviewed respondents. Multiply the result by 100 to convert it to a percentage.
Disaggregate the data by location.
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