Research article


Pedro Lozano-Mendoza, Betty Gonzales Osorio, Franklin Yunda-Álvarez, Milena Avilés-Peñafiel

Online First: October 29, 2022

This research shows the management of the generation and final disposal of household waste and residues resulting from improper handling. The objective was to design an integrated solid waste management plan in the canton of Quinsaloma, Province of Los Ríos, Ecuador. The analytical method was used based on the information obtained through surveys, interviews, literature review and data collected during the field phase, as well as the geographic method that allowed analysis through GIS (Geographic Information Systems), the response variables based on the multicriteria analysis are the water table, soil texture, gradient and drainage. The absence of temporary storage containers made it difficult for people to find a suitable place to deposit their waste. In rural areas, 30% of the precincts do not have a collection service, so waste is deposited in abandoned land or incinerated in the open air. Solid waste is managed in temporary containers that are then deposited in landfills. The generation of solid waste amounts to 270 mt per month, of which 80.2% of the people deliver their waste to the collection truck. The multicriteria analysis determined that there are two optimal sites for the sanitary landfill, the site to the north of the canton with an area of 255.11 ha and the second to the south with 62.39 ha, both of which meet the variables of the water table, soil texture, gradient and drainage.


Waste management; Landfill; waste disposal; population