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Title: An Assessment of Solid Waste Management Practices in Hwange National Park: A Case of Main Camp
Authors: Ncube, Mellisa
Keywords: solid waste management
Hwange National Park
waste collection
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: Lupane State University
Abstract: This study assessed the solid waste management practices employed by Main Camp in Hwange National Park and came up with best management practices. The study area was purposively selected due to the increase of solid waste generated and the annual increase of tourists. One key informant, the Area Manager was interviewed and 63 questionnaires were administered to management, lodge attendants and tourists were randomly selected to acquire information on solid waste management practices in Main Camp. The information obtained from the study included solid waste generated per fort night according to the number of tourists within the same period. The knowledge, perceptions and attitude of people towards solid waste collection and disposal was assessed. The study revealed that there was no specific time for solid waste disposal, waste was collected for disposal when bins were full and there were no records for disposal for waste. The study also revealed that there is dump site is located in the park. Lodge attendants preferred burning of waste as a way of reducing waste. The tourists suggested recycling as the best method for reducing waste. It was suggested that training and awareness be raised to Main Camp staff on proper solid waste management and a responsible department to be put in place for proper waste management practices. The study therefore recommended that there should be color coded bins put at strategic points like the offices, entrance gate and at the lodges for separation of waste at source and making it easy for recycling of waste.
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