Carry out a waste characterization study (WACS) in Ganh Dau commune – Project “Promoting sustainable community-led solid waste management in Phu Quoc Island”

Carry out a waste characterization study (WACS) in Ganh Dau commune – Project “Promoting sustainable community-led solid waste management in Phu Quoc Island”

As part of the project’s series of interventions, the Waste Characterization Study (WACS) in Ganh Dau Commune, review WACS in An Thoi Ward conducted by WWF was conducted right after the Agreement Signing Ceremony between CECAD, CCBO and People’s Committee of An Thoi ward, Ganh Dau commune was organized.

The activity was carried out in the Ganh Dau commune for 8 days with the participation of 6 members of the WACS team, 90 households of Ganh Dau commune, and 6 officers of CECAD and CCBO.

The activity aims to determine the characteristics of the waste, the source of waste generation, and the composition of the waste. The data includes the total population, average household size, and population per ward/ commune. Besides, data on temperature, humidity, and precipitation were also recorded throughout the sampling period.

The study will identify the waste volumes, types, and sources of generation. The collected information and data will be used as a baseline for developing the project interventions and for monitoring progress and indicators during the project implementation.

The households that participated in the research were provided with one or two bins/bags of suitable size sufficient for the waste amount in a day.

Waste will be classified according to the following groups:

  • Biodegradable waste (organic waste)
  • Recyclable waste (paper, plastic, glass, metal, etc)
  • Special waste (hazardous waste, electronic waste, medical waste, etc.)
  • Remaining waste

The WACS team is responsible for conducting all waste characterization activities.

Before carrying out the collection and sorting of waste, the WACS team was trained by a waste expert, equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills for this activity. All members of the WACS team were introduced to an overview of the WACS goals, trained in waste sorting, and reviewed the procedures before, during, and after the waste characterization, content, and procedures for completing data entry forms and safety instructions.

In order to ensure safety during the implementation, WACS team members were required to comply with work attire, including a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, helmet, protective vest, boots/ safety shoes, gloves, and masks.

In addition, CECAD and CCBO staff had also prepared necessary tools and instruments for WACS activities, including personal protective equipment, sorting and measuring tools, cleaning tools, personal hygiene equipment, first aid kit, and note-taking supplies.

Ha Nguyen, Thu Dam