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The Perceived Role of Communities and Government Officials in Solid Waste Management in Ghana, West Africa

The Perceived Role of Communities and Government Officials in Solid Waste Management in Ghana, West Africa
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Author(s): Pearl Sika Fichtel (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA) and Leslie A. Duram (Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, USA)
Copyright: 2022
Volume: 13
Issue: 1
Pages: 18
Source title: International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research (IJAGR)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Donald Patrick Albert (Sam Houston State University, USA) and Samuel Adu-Prah (Sam Houston State University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJAGR.295863

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Abstract

This study examined the role of community members and government officials in sustainable solid waste management and identified options to improve waste management in Ghana. Mixed-methods approach was used in research design, data collection, and analysis. Data was collected from 81 community members drawn from three areas (Kanda, Asylum Down, and Nima) in the Accra Metropolitan Area, and four government officials. Data sets were analyzed using manual transcription, coding and Microsoft excel. The study revealed that communities are actively involved in managing waste. However, education and enforcement measures have not been effective due to political interference and a lack of resources. Furthermore, the study found that greater support from local government and stakeholders is needed in managing waste. The study recommends educating community members and integrating waste pickers into Ghana’s waste management stream to reduce the costs involved in SSWM and gain social and environmental benefits..

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