HOUSEHOLD SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LIMBE CAMEROON; PRACTICES, PROBLEMS AND PROSPECTS
By DIN-LOUIS GEORGE | Department of Development Studies | Regional Planning and Project Management
Generally, cities in the developing world face challenges in solid waste management and the situation in Limbe, Cameroon is no different. The city has an urbanization rate of 52% and it is estimated that its population will reach 150,000 inhabitants by 2020. Proper planning of waste management from generation to disposal will therefore ease waste management in the future. Accordingly, this research seeks to examine To assess the type and quantity of waste generated in the Limbe municipality; To assess the municipal waste management practices in Limbe and To investigate the problems faced by stakeholders in waste management in Limbe. In carrying out the study interviews, questionnaires and participant observation were used as the methods to collect data. The data was analyzed using the Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) and excel spreadsheet. The results reveal that, urbanization, rising income, increasing commercialization and household size leads to an increase in the generation of Household solid waste. Being a fast growing town managing solid waste in Limbe has become a big headache for municipal authorities in Limbe. The Limbe City Council and central state authority need to commit more resources for the keeping of Limbe clean and green and bring in community participation. The study recommends that a special agency for waste management should be created since this will reduce the confusion associated with having several agencies working on waste management at the same time. Also, Municipal authorities should start introducing composting and recycling programs of waste management.
Key Words: Household, Solid Waste, Practices, Problems and Prospects. Download