Influence of Education on the Solid Waste Management Practices of Communities in Kampala City

TitleInfluence of Education on the Solid Waste Management Practices of Communities in Kampala City
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsFredrick, M, Oonyu, J, Sentongo, J
JournalJournal of Environment and Waste Management
Pagination 261-274
Date PublishedFebruary 2018

This study investigated the influence of public education on solid waste management in Kampala city. Across sectional survey research design was used because of the heterogeneous nature of the study population. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative methods. The sample size comprised of 289 respondents selected per division using multistage sampling using guidelines provided by 1970 Krejcie and Morgan correlation tables. The study established the organizations involved in public education to include; Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Village Health teams (VHTs), NGOs and the private sector companies. Public meetings, use of mass media, community demonstrations and instruction to individual heads of households are the key strategies being used to educate the communities in the city on waste management. It was concluded that public education is improving waste management in the city. There is however less education on waste separation and organic waste management which constitutes over 50% of the waste generated in the city. Waste separation would improve on the quality and quantity of plastic waste supplied to recycling industries and education on organic waste management would reduce on quantity and cost of waste disposed of at the landfill.