Private sector involvement in solid waste management in the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly

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May, 2014
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This study examined the involvement of the private sector in the management of solid waste in the Kumasi metropolis. The main tools used in the collection of the data were household survey, key informants interviews, structured interviews and focus group discussions. Quantitative data were displayed using tables, graphs and charts whiles qualitative data were used through the use of direct quotations from respondents. The study reveals that solid waste collection and disposal have improved significantly since the involvement of the private sector in solid waste management in the KMA. The study also found that the level of performance in terms of efficiency and service quality of the private companies were higher than the KMA/WMD after the involvement of the private sector in solid waste management. The study further observed that the capacity of the private companies in terms of equipment holdings and operational qualities of the waste companies accounted for the higher level of performance of the companies. In spite of all these efforts by the private waste companies the metropolis is still challenged with poor solid waste management situations. Waste collection in the various communities has not been regular especially at the low income and middle income communities resulting in heap of refuse and overflow of waste from bins and skips at the communal collection sites. Government through the KMA has not been responsible enough to make prompt payments to private waste companies rendering them ineffective in their operations. In the light of these problems, the study recommended adequate supply of waste bins, skips and regular collection of waste by the waste companies. It is also recommended that, the Government/KMA should see to the prompt payment of the monies meant for the companies and also intensify their monitoring system to avoid shoddy work. In-service training should be organized for the companies by the KMA on a quarterly basis to help the update their activities.
A thesis submitted to the Department Of Geography And Rural Development, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science And Technology in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the degree of Master of Philosophy Faculty of Social Sciences, College of Arts and Social Sciences, 2015