Domestic Plastic Waste In The City Of Guayaquil: Generation Rate And Classification

Published in: Prospective and trends in technology and skills for sustainable social development. Leveraging emerging technologies to construct the future: Proceedings of the 19th LACCEI International Multi-Conference for Engineering, Education and Technology
Date of Conference: July 19-23, 2021
Location of Conference: Virtual
Authors: Jose Hidalgo (Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, EC)
Jorge Amaya (Escuela Superior Politécnica del Litoral, EC)
Manuel Soto (Universidade da Coruña, ES)
Daniel Caamaño (Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, EC)
Full Paper: #265


A significant contributor to the waste streams nowadays are domestic plastics. However, in Ecuador most of them end up in the local landfills impacting the environment in a major form. The aim of this paper is to classify and quantify the total amount of household plastics generated for the city of Guayaquil. To obtain this, we developed a novel methodology with the help of students from a local university. Each household produces approximately 1.64 kg of plastics daily. From all plastic waste, PET occupies the 1st place as the most disposed of with approximately 44%, followed by HDPE with 20% and PP with 10%.