Title: Land scarcity as a site selection challenge for the management of municipal solid wastes in Accra, Ghana

Authors: Francis Atta Kuranchie; Francis Attiogbe; Joseph Tettey Quarshie; Richard Agbo Kwabena Ntibrey

Addresses: Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana; School of Engineering, Edith Cowan University, Joondalup, Australia ' Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana ' Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana ' Department of Energy and Environmental Engineering, University of Energy and Natural Resources, Sunyani, Ghana

Abstract: Some of the major contributing factors of poor solid waste management and disposal in developing countries are proximity of available land for waste disposal and attitudinal factors. This research used Accra, Ghana as a case study which has a land size estimated to be 3,245 km2 and a population growth rate of 3.1%. The outcome of the research projects that with Accra population of 4,010,054 and waste generation rate of approximately 0.5 kg/person/day, land proximity for waste disposal will no more be available by 2040. This will worsen the current waste management menace in the municipality if the situation remains unchanged. This research also recommends the contingent valuation method for the determination of adequate compensation for the associated communities to release land for efficient waste management and disposal in the region.

Keywords: land scarcity; municipal solid wastes management; land valuation; landfill; Ghana.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2020.110393

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2020 Vol.26 No.4, pp.423 - 437

Accepted: 04 Jun 2019
Published online: 30 Apr 2020 *

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