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Assessment of methods practiced in the disposal of solid waste in Eastleigh Nairobi County, Kenya

  • Received: 16 June 2020 Accepted: 16 October 2020 Published: 29 October 2020
  • Solid waste management is a documented threat to health and the environment to many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Rapid industrial development and urbanization have seen a rise in urban population which translates to massive production of solid waste. Though most urban and city planners have adopted new technologies such as landfills and incineration these alone cannot work without training residents on best practices that will guide them on how to manage their waste. Both health and environmental implications are associated with solid waste management and amounting in urgency especially in developing countries. The study aimed to assess the methods used by residents of Eastleigh South Ward in Nairobi County to dispose of their solid waste at the household level. Various waste disposal methods were documented during field observation and interviews while secondary data was obtained from records and reports on the management of waste in Nairobi County. About 48% of the resident indicated they discard waste along the road in heap/drainage, further 35% indicated putting waste in dust bins which eventually ends up in undesignated areas. The study also documents challenges related to waste management including infrequent /irregular waste collection, illegal dumping, low levels of information on poor waste disposal, and lack of concern among residents. Other challenges included irresponsible waste management approaches by the Nairobi County Government as well reluctance to pay private garbage collectors and high cost of disposal services charged by private garbage collectors. Promoting awareness through public education on the management of solid waste will enhance proper solid waste management practices. The study further recommends allocation of more resources to allow for effective management of solid waste.

    Citation: Joseph Muiruri, Raphael Wahome, Kiemo Karatu. Assessment of methods practiced in the disposal of solid waste in Eastleigh Nairobi County, Kenya[J]. AIMS Environmental Science, 2020, 7(5): 434-448. doi: 10.3934/environsci.2020028

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  • Solid waste management is a documented threat to health and the environment to many countries in sub-Saharan Africa. Rapid industrial development and urbanization have seen a rise in urban population which translates to massive production of solid waste. Though most urban and city planners have adopted new technologies such as landfills and incineration these alone cannot work without training residents on best practices that will guide them on how to manage their waste. Both health and environmental implications are associated with solid waste management and amounting in urgency especially in developing countries. The study aimed to assess the methods used by residents of Eastleigh South Ward in Nairobi County to dispose of their solid waste at the household level. Various waste disposal methods were documented during field observation and interviews while secondary data was obtained from records and reports on the management of waste in Nairobi County. About 48% of the resident indicated they discard waste along the road in heap/drainage, further 35% indicated putting waste in dust bins which eventually ends up in undesignated areas. The study also documents challenges related to waste management including infrequent /irregular waste collection, illegal dumping, low levels of information on poor waste disposal, and lack of concern among residents. Other challenges included irresponsible waste management approaches by the Nairobi County Government as well reluctance to pay private garbage collectors and high cost of disposal services charged by private garbage collectors. Promoting awareness through public education on the management of solid waste will enhance proper solid waste management practices. The study further recommends allocation of more resources to allow for effective management of solid waste.


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