Resource Recovery Potential of Solid Waste Generated in Kanombe Sector Kicukiro District-Kigali City
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Appropriately managed solid waste reduces likely negative environmental, health and safety problems, and enhances resources recovery that generates various economic benefits. The study was conducted to analyze solid waste management practices and resource recovery potential using a case study of Kanombe sector, Kicukiro District in Kigali Capital city of Rwanda. The study analyzed the current solid waste management practices, looking at how the deployed solid waste management (SW) practices are affecting resource recovery. Additionally, the study worked around establishment of solid waste composition to determine waste recovery potential within Kanombe. A sample of 395 respondents contributed vital information to the success of this study. The study adopted both quantitative and qualitative analysis. The study revealed huge achievement in terms waste collection and transportation, which stands at over 90% of total waste generated. However, there is much to be done on the side of sorting, where segregation at household level stands at only 8%. Furthermore, the study revealed huge recovery potential of organic waste, estimated at 82% of total waste generated and an appealing market for organic manure that GoR is recommending overuse of chemical fertilizers in crop production. Similarly, the study revealed on going activities in resource recovery that are driven by private sector, especially in plastic and paper recycling which are likely to even hit higher heights in the near future.