Assessment of Wereda Level Urban Solid Waste Transfer Sites in Addis Ababa: The Case of Addis Ketema Sub-city

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One of the problems caused by population growth is the problem of solid waste management systems. This problem is particularly acute in developing countries such as Ethiopia. The traditional solid waste management system which is dumping solid waste on open platforms without applying any specific technology and without suitability study is polluting Addis Ababa which is the capital city of Ethiopia and, it overshadows the beauty of the city. Also, these smallscale solid waste transfer sites are creating a foul odor and affect the people’s health that lives and use the area. Based on this, the objective of this study focuses on, Assessing the impact of solid waste transfer sites and locating sustainable sites by using GIS techniques in one selective sub-city in Addis Ababa which is Addis Ketema sub-city. The method that was applied for the study is more descriptive that to show clearly or to make it visible the existing situation of solid waste transfer sites. Based on the results, the researcher study different criteria (guiding principles) to proposed potential suitable sites for solid waste transfer stations. A transfer station is a building or processing site specially designed for the temporary deposition of solid waste. According to this, about five social and physical criteria were used to select the potential site and All maps were Geo-referenced and reclassified according to their suitability and based on the standards of solid waste transfer station site selection. As the result showed, from the total study area 3.6% was found as the most suitable location for solid waste transfer station, 8.7% suitable, 9.3% were moderately suitable and 78.4% was unsuitable for locating solid waste transfer station. This sustainable site was satisfied both the environmental and social norms and principles that used to locate solid waste transfer station potential locations in the study area. Based on this, all concerned governmental bodies should give proper attention to different guiding principles and norms for the best result on solid waste management process on solid waste transfer station locations in the city of Addis Ababa, on sub-city level.



Addis Ketema Sub City, Solid Waste Management, Solid Waste Transfer Station, Site Suitability