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Solid Waste Management Practices in the Informal Sector of Gweru, Zimbabwe

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dc.contributor.author Jerie, Steven
dc.contributor.author Tevera, Daniel
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-10T11:30:20Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-10T11:30:20Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.identifier.issn 2314-6052
dc.identifier.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/865854
dc.description.abstract This paper contributes to the debate on the role of the informal sector in solid waste management by examining the effectiveness of informal sector solid waste management practices in transforming waste into nonwaste in the city of Gweru in Zimbabwe. The study focused on 589 informal enterprises that were surveys using questionnaire interviews and focus group discussions with key informants. Analysis of solid waste management in the informal sector of Gweru has revealed that large amounts of waste are generated indicating poor material efficiency in the enterprises, especially in food market areas where huge amounts of biodegradable material and vegetable wastes are generated and disposed of haphazardly. Analysis of the key factors that include solid waste generation rates, collection frequencies and transportation, waste minimisation, and reduction practices showed that the current waste management system is unsustainable in the long run. The municipality of Gweru needs to provide more resources for financing, training, and manpower to enable effective provision of an environmentally friendly solid waste management system in the city, including the informal sector. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Hindawi Publishing Corporation en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Waste Management;Vol. 2014
dc.subject informal sector, solid waste management en_US
dc.subject Gweru, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.title Solid Waste Management Practices in the Informal Sector of Gweru, Zimbabwe en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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