Public participation in solid waste management and sanitation a case study of Makindye division

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Kampala international international: College Humanities and Social Sciences
Solid waste management and sanitation is both an urban and rural problem. Every person is a potential generator of waste and thus a contributor to this problem. To generate waste is one thing, the type of waste generated is another and yet also the way the generated waste is managed or disposed of is quite a different issue. This study was carried out in Makindye Division which is located within Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in Central Uganda, in Buganda Region. The main objective of this study was to explore the level of public participation in solid waste management and sanitation in Makindye division, in light of the challenges and prospects for future management. This study used a combination of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to research. It therefore draws on the cross-sectional study design as explained by Bryman (2004) and also some aspects of a phenomenological research design as discussed by Blanche et aL, (2006). The findings revealed that the majority proportion of the public in Makindye division exhibited concern and an amount of sensitivity about solid waste though sorting of solid waste is less adopted. The level of item reuse is similarly low in Makindye division and the people still think that they cannot do anything to reduce the volume of solid waste they generate. There are challenges of limited resources to manage the solid waste and illegal dumping in Makindye division. However, there are plans for formal disposal facilities, use of the legal instrument and awareness-raising as a way to deal with the challenges. Therefore, because the level of public participation in solid waste management and sanitation at present in Makindye division is low, the best way to start dealing with the problem is for the division authorities to show the people that they are worth by involving them in the initial planning process.
A research dissertation submitted in for the partial fulfillment of the requirement for the award of a bachelor’s degree in public administration and management of Kampala international university
Public Administration, Public participation, Sanitation, Solid waste management, Makindye division