Predicting Waste Disposal Trends by Symbolic Regression Towards Sustainability in Surigao City, Philippines

Gheleene S. Buenaflor, Dan Anthony U. Bataan


Municipal solid wastes (MSW) are a major environmental problem in the Philippines, resulting in environmental pollution and public health problems. This study examined daily per capita MSW disposal rates in Surigao City from 2015 to mid-2018 in lieu of MSW generation rates. Results show disposal rates (range = 0.30-0.42 kg/day per capita) higher than the baseline generation rate of 0.3 kg/day per capita. Using symbolic regression, a model equation was obtained and used in forecasting trends until 2022. Although future trends are decreasing, upward uctuation scoul dpul lwast edisposa lrate sup .I flef tunchecked ,socio-economi cfactor ssuc ha seconomi cgrowt han dtouris mcoul dbrin gSuriga ot o apat ho funsustainability .Maintainin go rreducin gpe rcapit awast egeneratio nrate si s achalleng efo rSurigaonon swhil emovin gtoward ssustainability .I nth eabsenc eo fupdate dwast egeneratio nrates ,pe rcapit awast edisposa lrate sma yb e agoo dindicato ro fsustainabilit yi nsoli dwast emanagement .Intervention supstrea mi nth ewast eproces sar eimperativ et oaddres srisin gpe rcapit aenvironmenta limpacts


Surigao City, sustainability, symbolic regression, waste disposal rate, waste prevention

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