Factors determining waste generation in Spanish towns and cities
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TitleFactors determining waste generation in Spanish towns and cities
This paper analyzes the generation and composition of municipal solid waste in Spanish towns and cities with more than 5000 inhabitants, which altogether account for 87 % of the Spanish population. To do so, the ... [+]
This paper analyzes the generation and composition of municipal solid waste in Spanish towns and cities with more than 5000 inhabitants, which altogether account for 87 % of the Spanish population. To do so, the total composition and generation of municipal solid waste fractions were obtained from 135 towns and cities. Homogeneity tests revealed heterogeneity in the proportions of municipal solid waste fractions from one city to another. Statistical analyses identified significant differences in the generation of glass in cities of different sizes and in the generation of all fractions depending on the hydrographic area. Finally, linear regression models and residuals analysis were applied to analyze the effect of different demographic, geographic, and socioeconomic variables on the generation of waste fractions. The conclusions show that more densely populated towns, a hydrographic area, and cities with over 50,000 inhabitants have higher waste generation rates, while certain socioeconomic variables (people/car) decrease that generation. Other socioeconomic variables (foreigners and unemployment) show a positive and null influence on that waste generation, respectively. [-]
Bibliographic citationPRADES, Miriam; GALLARDO, Antonio; IBÀÑEZ, Maria Victoria. Factors determining waste generation in Spanish towns and cities. Environmental monitoring and assessment, 2015, vol. 187, no 1, p. 1-13.
The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10661-014-4098-6.