Survey report Georgia:Status of solid waste and excreta management in Khorga and Chaladidi

The people of Khorga and Chaladidi, Georgia, consider animal and human excreta as the most problematic waste component, shows our survey report, made in cooperation with Georgian partner RCDA.

Of the interviewed families 95% uses a traditional pit latrine as a toilet, of which content is buried in the garden. Only 2% is familiar with composting of organic waste. 20% -30% of leftovers of crop production, garden and plastic waste are disposed along the riverbanks. Liquid manure is directly disposed in the open area and/or infiltrated from the stable directly in the soil. About 70% of the plastic waste is burned inside in the oven or on the field.

This leads to transfer of contaminants of human and animal excreta into ground water and land, affecting water quality and health. Lack of appropriate collecting plastic wastes force the villagers to burn their plastic waste, posing a threat to the environment and to the peoples´ health. The survey learned that citizens have little or no knowledge of waste disposal practices.