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Journal of Environment and Waste Management

Influence of Education on the Solid Waste Management Practices of Communities in Kampala City

Mugweri Fredrick, Joseph C. Oonyu, John Sentongo

Department of Science, Technical and Vocational Education, Makerere University School of Education, Kampala, Uganda

Accepted 28 November 2017

Citation: Fredrick M, Oonyu JC, Sentongo J (2018) Influence of Education on the Solid Waste Management Practices of Communities in Kampala City. Journal of Environment and Waste Management 5(1): 261-274.

Copyright: © 2018 Oonyu et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.


This study investigated the influence of public education on solid waste management in Kampala city. Across sectional survey research design was used because of the heterogeneous nature of the study population. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative methods. The sample size comprised of 289 respondents selected per division using multistage sampling using guidelines provided by 1970 Krejcie and Morgan correlation tables. The study established the organizations involved in public education to include; Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), Village Health teams (VHTs), NGOs and the private sector companies. Public meetings, use of mass media, community demonstrations and instruction to individual heads of households are the key strategies being used to educate the communities in the city on waste management. It was concluded that public education is improving waste management in the city. There is however less education on waste separation and organic waste management which constitutes over 50% of the waste generated in the city. Waste separation would improve on the quality and quantity of plastic waste supplied to recycling industries and education on organic waste management would reduce on quantity and cost of waste disposed of at the landfill.

Key words: Community education, solid waste management, practices, private sector, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)