Title: Environmental literacy of market sellers and solid waste management: a case study of the Wenchi old market

Authors: Kwabena Agyarko Sarpong; Obeng Frimpong; James Neequaye; Peter Kaba

Addresses: Department of Environmental Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China ' Department of Silviculture and Forest Management, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana ' Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Wisconsin International University College, Accra, Ghana ' Department of Environmental Engineering, Jiangsu University, Zhenjiang, China

Abstract: The trajectory of efficiently managing generated solid waste in Ghana and most developing countries has necessitated the demand for holistic ways in management services: achieving this has been a nebulous task due to the incongruity between soaring population growth, increased waste generation and poor management from major waste management stake holders. The Wenchi municipal assembly (WMA) with emphasis on the Wenchi old market is no exemption to this problem. The aim of this study is to establish the literacy level of market sellers in relation to solid waste disposal and management at the marketplace. This work does so by looking into the concept of environmental education and its four determinants (knowledge, awareness, attitude, and action). The study established that despite the high status of awareness and knowledge expressed by market sellers, there was varying attitude in how they went about disposing solid waste.

Keywords: knowledge; awareness; attitude; environment; solid waste management; market sellers.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2020.109161

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2020 Vol.26 No.3, pp.296 - 308

Received: 25 Dec 2018
Accepted: 04 Jun 2019

Published online: 01 Sep 2020 *

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