Addis Ababa the capital city of Ethiopia is the largest as well as the dominant political, economical, cultural and historical city of the country. The city generates large volume of waste from households, public institutions and industries. Among all waste, solid waste is a major visible source of environmental pollution in the city. In any solid waste management study information on solid waste characteristics and rate of generation is essential. One of the main constraints for proper planning and design of solid waste management in developing countries like Ethiopia is the absence of reliable and up to date study in this area. The assessment of management options for domestic solid waste was done in one of the 10 sub-cities of Addis Ababa city government, with the objective of assessing the characteristics of solid waste generated at the household level and its level of impact on the environment, identifying sustainable management options accounting for economical, environmental feasibility and social attitudes.