Title: Municipal Solid Waste Management and community awareness and involvement in management practices: an overview and a case study from Gondar town of Ethiopia

Authors: H.R. Sharma, Temesgen Abebe, Mengesha Admassu, Tadele Teshaye, Tadiwos Aseffa, Mustofa Emana

Addresses: Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, P.O. Box. No. 196, Gondar, Ethiopia. ' Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, P.O. Box. No. 196, Gondar, Ethiopia. ' Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, P.O. Box. No. 196, Gondar, Ethiopia. ' Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, P.O. Box. No. 196, Gondar, Ethiopia. ' Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, P.O. Box. No. 196, Gondar, Ethiopia. ' Department of Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety, University of Gondar, P.O. Box. No. 196, Gondar, Ethiopia

Abstract: An assessment was carried out on management practices for Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) generated in Gondar town of Ethiopia. Efficiency and effectiveness of waste collection and disposal by municipality and different methods adopted for waste disposal by residents were studied to find a suitable, effective and feasible method of MSW disposal. The data about awareness, attitude and involvement of residents towards wastes was generated by using questionnaire. From the study, it was observed that 97% of the respondents surveyed had awareness about health and aesthetic aspects of improper waste disposal. About 70% of the respondents are willing to pay in case municipality will introduce house-to-house collection system.

Keywords: MSW; municipal solid waste; waste collection; waste disposal methods; community awareness; community involvement; solid waste management; Ethiopia; willingness to pay; house-to-house collection.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEWM.2011.039470

International Journal of Environment and Waste Management, 2011 Vol.7 No.3/4, pp.294 - 304

Available online: 06 Apr 2011 *

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