Solid waste management problems in la Dadekotopon Municipality of Greater -Accra region, Ghana.

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September, 2019
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Inappropriate solid waste management practices in less developed countries, particularly in urban major communities, constitutes one of the major factors leading to declining environmental health conditions. Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) is also confronted with the problem of finding appropriate locations and dispose all the daily-generated solid waste in Accra. The main objective of the study was to assess the solid waste management problems in the La Dedakotopon Municipality of Greater-Accra Region of Ghana. Method The study was quantitative using cross- sectional study design. The sample size for the study was 138. The sampling method used was simple random sampling method. Data were analyzed using SPSS version 20 with Microsoft excel. Results The study revealed that more than half (52.30%) of the waste generated by households were food debris, 28.60% of them were plastic waste and 19.10% of them were bottles and cans. More than half (73.4%) of the participant dispose their waste indiscriminately and that of designated site contributed to 26.6%. Majority of the respondent engages in inappropriate practices (57.0%) of household solid waste management practices whiles that of appropriate practices contributed to 43.0%. Households (80.0%) did not separate their waste effectively. Conclusion Socio-economic, behavioral and institutional support factors were potential factors influencing solid waste management problems. Intensive education of the public, provision of bins and piles x of containers, enforcement of waste management laws could help contribute to good solid waste management by the environmental health officers
A dissertation submitted to the School of Public Health, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana in partial fulfilment of the requirement for the Award of Degree in Public Health (BSC) .
Solid waste, Management problems, La Dadekotopon, of Greater -Accra region