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International Journal of Agricultural Policy and Research
Vol.2 (2),pp.061-068 2014
ISSN 2350-1561
Article 13/ID/JPR019, 0 8pages
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Original Research Paper

An analysis of the household solid waste generation patterns and prevailing management practices in Eldoret town, Kenya

Accepted 25 January, 2014

*Okalebo, S.E., Opata, G.P., and  Mwasi, B.N.

Division of Environmental Monitoring, Planning and Management, University of Eldoret, Kenya.

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Rapid urbanization and consequent collapse of solid waste management of cities is a global phenomenon and Kenya is no exception. This paper reports on patterns of household solid waste generation in two distinct residential zones that make up the Eldoret town, Kenya – the medium density residential (Kapsoya) and high density residential (Munyaka). It gives details on composition of household wastes and the components that are recyclable. It attempts to address the different types of existing waste management practices, the actors and waste generation volumes per family. Data was collected through questionnaires from 192 households and descriptive analysis of central tendency was used. In comparing the various household waste generation of waste (estimated by weight), it showed that with social status increase the per capita waste generation increases, especially with regard to heavier biodegradable organic waste with accounts for three quarters of total waste. Differences in livelihood patterns between the residential estates and resident’s possibilities for livestock raising influence the scale and composition of household waste. Finally the research highlights the importance of incorporation of the 4Rs and participation of all stakeholders with the development of an integrated waste recycling depot in the residential estates.

Key words: Waste management, biodegradable, urbanization, management practise

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