Household characteristics and waste generation paradox: what influences solid waste generation in Bolgatanga? Online publication date: Tue, 04-Aug-2020
by Pawin Joseph Sachi; Esi Akyere Mensah
International Journal of Environment and Waste Management (IJEWM), Vol. 26, No. 2, 2020
Abstract: Municipal solid waste is recognised as an obnoxious local development challenge in many developing countries. The continuous struggle to ensure sustainable waste management in Ghana is a challenge of inadequate data on waste generation and the factors influencing generation. It is in this light that this paper examines waste generation rate and the influence of household socio-economic characteristics on waste generation in Bolgatanga, an urban city in Northern Ghana. The study utilised a regression technique based on ordinary least squares approach to empirically test the relationship between household variables and waste generation. The findings indicate; education, household size and fuel sources are significant but differently influenced waste generation. For effective waste management, the paper suggests a priority focus be given to education and recommends for future studies further analysis of the influence of income on waste generation.
Online publication date: Tue, 04-Aug-2020
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