peshawar   -  Water and Sanitation Services Peshawar (WSSP) has launched the last phase of waste characterization and segregation study to ascertain its recycling potential. 

The phase called ‘Autumn Sample Collection Study’ is being done to quantify and characterize the bio and non-biodegradable or recyclable waste. Teams from the WSSP and Environmental Sciences Department, University of Peshawar (UoP) are collectively carrying out the study.  

The teams will collect up to 300 samples from across the city, segregate it and evaluate its potential for energy generation, composting and reusability. 

The teams have been evaluating 1000 samples collected during winter, spring and summer phases (seasons) to ascertain quantity and characteristics of waste generated during the four seasons. They will compile a comprehensive report in light of the study and present to the government. 

WSSP has inked a five-year agreement with UoP where its students and scholars will study segregation and characterization of municipal waste. 

WSSP has already started work on construction of sanitary landfill site at Shamshato for scientific dumping of municipal waste, its characterization and segregation. 

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has already successfully conducted public hearing of its environmental impact assessment at the site. 

The sanitation company daily collects around 800 tons waste from 43 union councils that include bio and non-biodegradable waste. The study will help the government use the waste for generation of energy and utilize it for different useful purposes.