Dr. Sofia Khalid

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Assistant Professor, Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Organizing Committee Member

Expertise: Environmental Impact Assessment, Environmental Management, Pollution Monitoring, Solid Waste Management, Ethnobotany And Greenhouse Gas

Biography: Dr. Sofia Khalid is Assistant Professor in the Environmental Sciences Department of Fatima Jinnah Women University, Rawalpindi, Pakistan. She has Ph.D in Environmental Biology from Imperial College London. It has been 15 years she is working in the field of environmental sciences. She has supervised and also currently supervisingseveral  projects of BS, M.Phil and Ph.D students on different environmental issues. She has several publications to her credit. She actively participates in different national and international seminars, conferences, dialogues, round tables, conferences and meetings related to environmental issues. She has conducted few trainings on environmental issues as well at national level. She is invited by ministry of climate change Pakistan in different environment related policy meetings. She also reviews EIA reports sent to Pakistan Environmental Protection Agency

Presentation:

Title: Hair and Beauty Salons Waste: A case study of Rawalpindi city, Pakistan

Abstract:

The present research was conducted to identify prevailing waste management practices of hair and beauty salons located in Rawalpindi city, Pakistan.  Random sampling was carried out and about 50 hair and beauty salons were selected from 170. Data were collected through questionnaire and structured interviews from relevant professionals along with waste characterization and generation rate measurements as well as current waste disposal practices were observed. Type and amount of waste generated in studied hair and beauty salons depended upon kind of services being offered in these. Most common practice observed was dumping into bins located near their salons or in open dumping sites. The results showed that metal waste of deodorants and sprays (empty cans/bottles) was 1030kg/month and special waste consisting used wax strips was 1569kg/month respectively than any other waste. Hair waste can be recycled as treatment of hair by composting is helpful in soil fertility as well as in reduction of waste. Hair waste was produced as 210kg/month in each salon selected for proposed study. Waste of hair and beauty salons adds heap of garbage in waste stream at different points in the city without prior segregation and treatment. Open dumping and burning were observed in the disposal of hair and beauty salons waste. Recycling of empty bottles was rarely practiced by workers in salons and burden was posed on waste management authorities. The information provided in this research may be helpful in planning and managing waste systems in a city.

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