A public perception on sanitation and domestic waste management and reuse in Ho and its environs.

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No sanitation services are provided by the District Assemblies in the rural area Sanitation services are however provided in the urban area. These are mainly solid waste collection, septic tank emptying, and provision of public toilet. Out of the population interviewed, 24°/a are fully satisfied, while 10% are not satisfied with sanitation services. The majority of the respondents (66%) were partially satisfied. Ho District Assembly evacuates about 66.58m3 of refuse daily. There is a regular flow of domestic waste as 86.7% of the people with refuse bins empty their bins daily. The current solid waste that is generated could yield 613.2 tons of compost annually. Waste sorting is not a common feature in both urban and rural communities. Nonetheless, 66.6% of the respondents accept that compost pits could be constructed in their premises. Composting of refuse may be feasible as 76.3% of both urban and rural populations are willing to consume food crops produced from domestic waste compost. On the other hand, only 35% are willing to eat fish reared in domestic wastewater. The public (75.2%) is willing to pay for good sanitation services but in practice. they are not able to sustain payment. People who do not own toilet facilities are willing to pay ¢50.00 for each visit to a public toilet. An amount of about ¢843.54 1,870.00 will be required as investment capital and about ¢84.3 54.32600 as annual running cost to undertake compost processing in Ho. This project could yield ¢153.300000.00 annually. It has been recommended that there should be further studies on the effect of income and educational levels on waste management practices.
A thesis submitted to the Board of Postgraduate Studies, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Master of Science degree in Environmental Resources Management, 2000