Integrated Waste Management [Vol I] by S. Kumar

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For instance, the study by Obeng et al (2009) found out that the involvement of the private sector in Kumasi had led to an increase in service coverage in terms of the proportion of the estimated waste generation that was collected by the private companies. As shown in Figure 2, the annual average prior to private sector participation was about 50%. 5% between 2000 and 2004. The trend was attributed to the fact that the private companies had come along with equipment which the Waste Management Department of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly could not acquire while it provided the service directly.

The trend was attributed to the fact that the private companies had come along with equipment which the Waste Management Department of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly could not acquire while it provided the service directly. It must however be mentioned that, the introduction of private sector participation per se is no panacea to economic sustainability. Without adequate measures to regulate profit- Institutional Matrix for Sustainable Waste Management 35 seeking private companies, they tend to exploit the public and cut costs at the expense of quality service.

Probably as a first step, the authorities need to formalize and integrate the operations of the hitherto neglected informal sector into the overall SWM system. The sector does not only provide services for the almost neglected low-income neighbourhoods (home to about 70% of the urban population) but also serves as a source of livelihood for thousands of urban poor. Streamlining such operations will therefore create public confidence and also avert any environmental repercussions of their operations.

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