How Household wastes are managed and its implication on physical planning in Katabi Town Council, Wakiso District
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Household waste disposal and management is both an urban and rural problem. Every person is a potential generator of waste and thus a contributor to this problem. To generate waste is one thing, the type of waste generated is another and yet also the way the generated waste is managed or disposed of is quite a different issue. This study was carried out in Katabi Town Council which is located within Wakiso District in Central Uganda. The main objective of this study to identify major factors that have contributed to poor household waste management in Katabi Town Council , in light of the suggest strategies that would improve on household waste management in Katabi Town Council for future management. This study used a combination of both quantitative and qualitative methodologies to research. It therefore draws on the crosssectional study design as explained by Bryman (2004) and also on aspects of a phenomenological research design as discussed by Blanche et al., (2006). The findings revealed that the majority proportion of the public in Katabi Town Council exhibited concern and an amount of sensitivity about household waste though sorting of household waste is less adopted. The level of item reuse is similarly low in Katabi Town Council and the people still think that they cannot do anything to reduce the volume of household s waste they generate. There are challenges of limited resources to manage the household wastes and illegal dumping in Katabi Town Council. However, there are plans for formal disposal facilities, use of the legal instrument and awareness-raising as a way to deal with the challenges. Therefore, because the level of public participation in household waste management at present in Katabi Town Council is low, the best way to start dealing with the problem is for the Town Council authorities to show the people that they are worth by involving them in the initial planning process.