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Where trash container is stored

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HHWASTESTORE reports where the household's garbage container is kept: in the kitchen, in the dwelling but outside the kitchen, or outside the dwelling.

The information in HHWASTESTORE is taken from the household record and applies to regular household residents, not temporary visitors. Researchers may wish to exclude visitors using the RESIDENT variable (with visitors coded "2") when women, children, or births are the unit of analysis, and using the HHRESIDENT variable when household members are the unit of analysis.


HHWASTESTORE has significant universe differences that affect the interpretation of the response category "outside the dwelling." While some samples exclude households that throw trash into the street, others treat throwing trash into the street as a type of garbage storage outside the dwelling. To increase comparability, IPUMS-DHS users may wish to consistently exclude households that throw trash into the street, using the complementary variable HHWASTECOLLECT.

Comparability - Standard DHS

HHWASTESTORE is a country-specific variable not included in the standard DHS household questionnaire.


  • Morocco 2003: All women age 15-49.
  • Senegal 1997: All women age 18-49.
  • Yemen 1991: Ever-married women age 15-54 in households that do not throw garbage in the street.
  • Morocco: 2003-W, 2003-C, 2003-B, 2003-H, 2003-W
  • Senegal: 1997-W, 1997-C, 1997-B, 1997-M, 1997-H
  • Yemen: 1991-W, 1991-C, 1991-B, 1991-H