Behavioural analysis of students towards sorting of wastes at the department of environmental management, Makerere University
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This study presents a comprehensive behavioural analysis of students' waste sorting practices at the Department of Environmental Management. The main objective was to conduct a thorough assessment of students' waste sorting behaviours, with a focus on identifying the prevalence of organic wastes in the collected waste. Additionally, the study aimed to gauge students' attitudes towards waste sorting and evaluate the adequacy and accessibility of recycling bins on the university campus. Data collection was carried out using a mixed-method approach, combining direct observation, questionnaire surveys administered through Kobo Toolbox, and the systematic weighing of wastes. The findings underscored that the waste collected at the department had the highest composition of organic materials. Encouragingly, students displayed positive attitudes towards waste sorting, indicating a promising inclination for sustainable waste management. Furthermore, the study revealed the presence of a substantial number of recycling bins, thoughtfully distributed in easily accessible locations across the campus, signifying the university's commitment to waste reduction and recycling efforts. Based on these results, the study recommends targeted educational campaigns to further reinforce positive waste sorting behaviours among students. Moreover, the implementation of a comprehensive organic waste management program, including composting initiatives, could effectively reduce the organic waste fraction. Continuous monitoring through regular waste audits and collaboration with recycling facilities will ensure the ongoing evaluation and enhancement of waste sorting efforts, fostering a culture of sustainability and responsible waste management within the Department of Environmental Management.