FACTORS INFLUENCING DISPOSAL OF HOUSEHOLD SOLID WASTE IN CENTRAL DIVISION GARISSA DISTRICT, KENYA
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This study investigated the factors influencing disposal of household solid waste in
Central Division Garissa District, Kenya. The objectives of the study were; to investigate
the influence of the of recycling of solid waste on disposal of household solid waste, to
investigate the influence of household size on disposal of solid waste, to determine the
influence of location of household on disposal of solid waste, to investigate the influence
of the level of education of members of a household on disposal of solid waste and to
investigate the influence of garbage disposal facilities on disposal of solid waste.
Descriptive survey was used as a research design for this study while cluster, purposive
and random sampling techniques were used to select the sample. A sample of 400
respondents was used for this study. A questionnaire was used as the main instrument for
collecting data for this study. Data collected was analysed using SPSS package and then
it was presented by use of frequency and percentage Tables. The study found that there
are no solid household waste recycling plants in Garissa Central Division, or any other
place within Garissa District. As such, most household waste are scattered all over
residential places, giving a bad image to the residential areas. Further, surface dumping of
household waste is the most common form of waste disposal applied by residents. Other
methods include burning and burying in the ground, though burying of domestic waste is
quite rare. The study recommends that private individuals should be encouraged to start
household solid waste recycling plants in Garissa Township. Such a company can recycle
the waste and the residents to earn income, while at the same time giving rise to a clean
environment. Also, residents of Garissa should be sensitized to stop depositing their
waste near residential areas as this exposes them to the danger of contracting diseases.