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Journal of Waste Management
Volume 2014, Article ID 981054, 7 pages
Research Article

Waste Management Strategies in an Urban Setting Example from the Tamale Metropolis, Ghana

1School of Food and Health Sciences, Anglican University College of Technology, Nkoranza, Ghana
2Department of Geology, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana
3Department of Chemistry, University of Ghana, Legon, Accra, Ghana

Received 18 August 2014; Revised 22 October 2014; Accepted 24 October 2014; Published 13 November 2014

Academic Editor: Enrico Davoli

Copyright © 2014 Ibrahim Issahaku 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.


Tamale, one of the fastest growing cities in Ghana, is faced with daunting challenges in the management of Municipal Solid Waste. A corresponding increase of population and rising quality of life with high rates of resource consumption patterns have led to serious problems of high volumes of waste generated and costs involved. This research was therefore designed to focus on the Municipal Solid Waste Management strategies in Tamale, seeking to assess the performance of newly introduced tricycles for waste collection. The study employed the methodology of administration of questionnaire and interviews. The questionnaire and interviews revealed that there is a relationship in the level of education and how households stored their waste before disposal. There is also a close relationship in the household income level (residential class) and the use of covered plastic waste bins. Most households rated waste collection after the introduction of the tricycle as good followed by very good and satisfactory whilst none were of the view that waste collection was not good. Though there has been an improvement in waste collection after the introduction of the tricycles, there is the need for an integrated approach to waste management where all aspects of waste management are analyzed.