Enhancing Solid Waste Management Practices in Soroti Municipality: A Comprehensive Study

Omoding Jacob and Suzan Luyiga

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, School of Natural and Applied Sciences, Kampala International University


This study undertakes a comprehensive examination of solid waste management practices in Soroti Municipality, employing a cross-sectional survey design to gather data from a diverse sample of 314 respondents. Utilizing a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods, the research explores various aspects of waste management, including collection, transportation, disposal, and treatment techniques. Sampling techniques such as basic random sampling and purposeful sampling were employed to ensure representation across demographic groups and occupational sectors. Data collection methods included interviews, questionnaires, and observations, allowing for a multifaceted analysis of the subject matter. The study presents detailed findings on respondents’ demographic characteristics, including gender distribution, age distribution, occupation, marital status, and education level, providing insights into the diverse perspectives within the community. Additionally, the research examines respondents’ attitudes towards solid waste management practices, revealing both strengths and weaknesses in current approaches. Analysis of the data highlights several key challenges facing Soroti Municipality in solid waste management, including limited resources, inadequate infrastructure, and a lack of community engagement. Despite these challenges, the study identifies potential solutions and opportunities for improvement. Recommendations include raising public awareness, implementing 4R strategies (reduce, reuse, recycle, recover), encouraging stakeholder participation, and investing in infrastructure and technology. By addressing these challenges and implementing recommended strategies, Soroti Municipality can work towards more sustainable and effective solid waste management practices. This not only enhances the quality of life for its residents but also contributes to environmental conservation and sustainable development in the region.

Keywords: Municipal, Solid waste, Waste management, Soroti Municipality, Waste Disposal, Reform, Survey.

CITE AS: Omoding Jacob and Suzan Luyiga (2024). Enhancing Solid Waste Management Practices in Soroti Municipality: A Comprehensive Study. IAA Journal of Applied Sciences 11(2):17-34. https://doi.org/10.59298/IAAJAS/2024/112.17.34