Solid Waste Management practices in Small towns: Implications for Urban sustainability in Ghana

  • Enoch Akwasi Kosoe SDD University of Business and Integrated Development, Wa, Ghana
Keywords: Communal containers, House-to-house collection, fee policy, planned behaviour theory, Sustainable urbanisation


The lack of studies on waste management practices in small towns is a major gap given their fastgrowing nature, especially in the global south. The study examines the peculiarities of waste management practices and behaviour choices in a small town and draws implications for urban sustainability trajectories different from the current pathways of megacities. Employing a cross-sectional design, data were collected from 200 households a household survey. The findings indicate that most households preferred to dispose off waste using communal container collection and house-to-house collection, while others preferred to burn and bury their solid waste materials. Only age (p<0.03) of household head was significant in influencing households’ waste collection and disposal methods compared to education (p<0.43) and sex (p<0.21). The findings suggest that the gradual elimination of communal container collection and intensification of house-to-house collection with an appropriate fee policy can put small towns on the right trajectory for urban sustainability.

Author Biography

Enoch Akwasi Kosoe, SDD University of Business and Integrated Development, Wa, Ghana

Department of Environment and Resouce Studies