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Journal of Waste Management
Volume 2014, Article ID 823752, 9 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/823752
Research Article

Municipal Solid Waste Management in Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis, Ghana

1Department of Environmental Science, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana
2Waste Management Department, Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Ghana

Received 29 May 2014; Accepted 17 July 2014; Published 2 September 2014

Academic Editor: Gopal Achari

Copyright © 2014 Bernard Fei-Baffoe et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The rapid increase in urban population due to the influx of the citizenry in search for better conditions of life has resulted in poor environmental conditions in most urban and peri-urban settlements in the country. Municipal solid waste management (MSW) for that matter has become problematic within Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis as the city is being inundated with so much filth which has proven to be very difficult and seemingly impossible for the municipal authorities to tackle. This study investigates the nature of solid waste problem in Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis. A mixed methodological approach including field investigation, questionnaire survey, and structured and face-to-face interviews were employed in the gathering of data for the study. The key findings established to be the factors affecting effective solid waste management in the metropolis are irregular solid waste collection, inadequate operational funding, inappropriate technologies, inadequate staffing, inadequate skip, and lack of cooperation on the part of the citizenry.