Kitchen Food Waste Inventory for Residential Areas in Baghdad City

  •  Salam Bash AlMaliky    
  •  Zainab AlKhayat    


An inventory and generation rate for the kitchen food waste were determined in residential areas across Baghdad, Iraq as a first step towards more developed and sustainable solid waste management system. The study was based on collecting data from 20 families from 20 different locations across the city for the period from November, 2011 through June, 2012, regarding their total weekly food purchases and wastes in addition to other relevant social information in order to determine statistical prediction formulae for the waste generation rate and food purchase by the application of Multiple Linear Regression analysis MLR, via the software MINITAB 15. The results have shown that the food waste generation in Baghdad, was highly influenced by the number of children family members rather than the adults whom had very low impact on I, while the total food purchase was determined to be almost equally influenced by these two variables. Also the family’s monthly income had proven so insignificant impact on both total food purchases and hence the waste generation.


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