Factors Affecting Effective Solid Waste Management Practices in Mukono Central Division

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Uganda Christian University
The massive production of solid wastes especially in urban places of developing countries is a common occurrence especially in developing world, these waste products are usually improperly dumped thus posing a huge environmental and public health concerns. This study focused on examining the factors that affects sustainable management of solid wastes in Mukono Central Division. The research undertaking adopted a descriptive survey research design, data was collected using survey, in-depth interviews and observation methods and a stratified sampling technique was used in accessing a total sample size of 219. The study findings disclosed that a considerate proportion of residents in Mukono central division practiced rudimental solid waste management within their premises, there are also a common practice of illegal dumping and open burning. The residents demonstrated low level of knowledge in properly managing solid waste but indicated positive attitudes towards practicing it. It was further disclosed that there were very few solid waste collection facilities within the study area. The researcher recommends that Mukono central division should promulgate a comprehensive legal and policy framework with strong penalties for illegal dumping and encouraging incentives for those that practices proper waste management methods.