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2011 (Vol. 3, Issue: 5)
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Determination of Metal Ion Concentrations in Components of Household Solid Waste in the Akwapim South Municipality of Ghana

M. Ackah, D. Carboo, P.O. Yeboah, J. Pwamang and O. Agyemang
Corresponding Author:  Michael Ackah 

Key words:  Instrumental neutron activation analysis, solid waste, solid waste fractions, , , ,
Vol. 3 , (5): 508-511
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2011 March, 27 2011 May, 13 2011 August, 10
Abstract:

The potential of household solid waste to supply micro-nutrients is studied. The study aimed at finding the levels of metal ion concentrations in domestic refuse typically the organic, paper and plastic waste stream components which constituted the highest waste stream fractions generated by residents in the Nsawam- Adoadjiri townships. INAA was used to determine metal ions concentrations in household solid organic, paper and plastic components of wastes generated by sampled households of Nsawam and Adoagyiri townships of the Akwapim South Municipality of Ghana. The analysis covered (Ca, K, Mg, Na, Cu, Mn, Al, Cl, and V). Standard reference materials were also analysed in the same manner as the waste samples to ensure good quality control/quality assurance procedures. Higher mean concentrations of 5.59 μg/g and 13.27 mg/g were recorded for Mn and Cl, respectively in organic waste stream component as compared to 1.13 μg/g and 0.19 mg/g in paper/cardboard waste stream and 2.67 μg/g and 13.27 mg/g in rubber/plastic waste stream components respectively. These values are comparable to literature values.
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M. Ackah, D. Carboo, P.O. Yeboah, J. Pwamang and O. Agyemang, 2011. Determination of Metal Ion Concentrations in Components of Household Solid Waste in the Akwapim South Municipality of Ghana.  Research Journal of Environmental and Earth Sciences, 3(5): 508-511.
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