Muguti et al
Greener Journal of Environment Management and Public Safety Vol. 2 (4), pp. 137-145, August 2013.
ISSN: 2354-2276 © 2011 Greener Journals
Manuscript Number: 011213365
Waste Disposal Practices That Involve Communities
Jonah Muguti, *Rittah Kasowe, Tonderai M. Chiunye,
Taurai L. Chinyanganya
Zimbabwe Open University.
*Corresponding Author’s Email: mugutijohn @ gmail. com
The aim of the study was to explore challenges faced by local authorities in the management of solid wastes, and to establish the kind of linkages that exist between the ratepayers and local authorities. The study also focused on discovering what information needs exist among urban ratepayers about waste disposal. A descriptive survey design was used and involved informants from Bindura Municipality. These included council officials, ratepayers and the business community. The main questions of pursuit were:
• What challenges face the town in its efforts to dispose of solid wastes?
• What information about waste disposal do ratepayers of the town have?
• What linkages should exist between local authority and ratepayers to ensure effective waste disposal?
The data collected were transcribed and themes developed in line with existing theories. Percentage frequencies were also computed for the quantitative data. It was hoped that the results of the study would help to create baseline knowledge for funding proposals in waste management. Community participation will also encourage entrepreneurs to play a meaningful role in the town’s waste management programmes.
Keywords: Waste, Communication, and Participation.