Moisture Content (KPI-4)

Percentile of moisture of the entire waste stream handled for the day – measured sub-stream wise with a hygrometer and with adjustments calculated against the weight of the said sub-stream.

  • Acceptable average – 9-13%.
  • True increase expected during rainy spells particularly when waste collected overnight is left uncovered.
  • Apparent increase due improper collection and transportation.

Actions to be taken

  • Liaise with sanitation staff, vehicle drivers, and sanitary supervisors.
  • Advise proper compartmentalisation during transport.
  • Seek community engagement.
  1. Organic impurities, can in a manner affect the moisture content, chiefly that of paper through soiling.
  2. Deliveries from sources other than the regular circuits, special single streams, and bulk deliveries – circumstances where waste concerned is of unproven quality – can lead to false results both ways.
  3. Special circumstances such as fairs and festivals, and special activities such as black-spot removals and such again falsely exaggerate moisture results which may not be the true picture at points of generation and collection.

Averages in %


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