THE NEED FOR AN INTEGRATED SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN KISUMU, KENYA
Keywords:Kisumu, minimisation, recovery, recycling, solid waste management
The composition and amount of solid waste being generated in Kisumu has been on the increase. This can partly be attributed to changing urban lifestyles, resource consumption patterns, improving income levels and other socio-economic and cultural issues. Thus, new approaches in handling these wastes need to be introduced to cope with their increase. This study has triangulated its findings through various literature reviews, interviews and field survey observations. It provides documentary evidence on the level of conditions and level of practice in solid waste management in Kisumu. The findings indicate that only about 20 % of the 400 tonnes of solid waste generated in Kisumu is collected and transported to the dumpsite. Residents do not separate waste at household level and burning is a common mode of disposal. The findings affirm to the need for a change in management regimes to become more commercially viable, adaptive and inclusive. There is also need for a socio-cultural attitude change among the residents at household level.