Safe Solid Waste Disposal
English: % of households that dispose of their solid waste in a safe way
French: % de ménages qui jettent leurs déchets solides d'une manière sûre
Portuguese: % de agregados familiares que depositam os seus resíduos sólidos de forma segura
Czech: % domácností, které se pevného odpadu zbavují bezpečně
What is its purpose?
The indicator assesses the proportion of households which dispose of their solid waste in a way that does not threaten human and environmental health (which can occur, 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: Where do you 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.
1) BHA phrases this indicator differently, as "percent of households targeted by the WASH promotion program that are properly disposing of solid waste".