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SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT- CASE STUDY OF NDOLA, ZAMBIA

Edema, Mojisola O.*12, Sichamba Victor1, Ntengwe Felix W1
  1. Department of Chemical Engineering, School of Technology, The Copperbelt University, Zambia
  2. Department of Microbiology, College of Natural Sciences, The University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Nigeria
Corresponding Author: Edema, Mojisola O, E-mail: [email protected]
Received: 18 June 2012 Accepted: 26 June 2012
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Abstract

The study was carried out in Ndola, the provincial capital of the Copperbelt province of Zambia with the aim of evaluating the methods of solid waste disposal, the level of access to solid waste management services, and Ndola residents’ attitudes towards solid waste management. 60 households were randomly selected for the administration of questionnaires and collection of household waste. The results showed that there is an inadequate solid waste management facility in Ndola even though up to 80% of households in medium density areas indicated willingness to pay for waste collection and disposal services. The solid waste collected in this study comprised mainly food waste (50% of household waste in low density areas and 45% in medium density areas), while paper and textiles were the least abundant in the household wastes evaluated. The C: N ratios of the wastes collected ranged from 16.21 to 27.06 a range indicating that the waste will be good material for use as compost. The lack of environmentally friendly, sustainable and affordable waste management has led to the wide spread open dumping and open burning of solid waste. This calls for concerted efforts at increasing efforts towards waste minimization, utilization and management.

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