Strategies to Manage Waste Disposal in Cities

There are many cities in the world today that are plagued by unbridled waste. As such, governments are looking to roll out strategies that will control waste disposal and management processes. As such, we shall highlight some of the strategies that can be implemented to successfully curb uncontrolled waste disposal in cities.

The Implementation of Recycling Centers

There are companies that recycle waste like plastics, paper, and aluminum foils and cans. However, accessing these waste is the major factor limiting the amount of waste they recycle. As such, introducing recycle centers where people can dump recyclable materials will reduce the volume of plastic and papers littering our cities. In addition, these centers will serve as an avenue for recycling plants to access these waste.

The Provision of Efficient Waste Collection Systems

One of the factors that promote unbridled waste disposal is the unavailability of waste collection infrastructures in critical locations in the city. To curb this, government/private waste management firms should provide efficient waste collection equipment and vehicles to cater to the amount of waste generated in the city. Therefore, these entities must conduct a comprehensive analysis of the waste generation statistics of the cities. Some of the data that needs to be collected are:

  • The amount of waste the city produces daily
  • The specific amount of waste generated in each location of the city
  • The type of materials the city generate as waste

When all these data are collected and analyzed, waste management firms will have an efficient waste collection model. As such, this will help when allocating waste collection equipment to different parts of the city.

The Introduction of Waste Management and Recycling Policies

Setting up adequate waste collection tools and equipment doesn’t necessarily mean that people will utilize them. As such, the government should set up policies that will mandate the proper disposal of waste. A city can control the use of non-biodegradable material for products packaging. In addition, the government could also introduce recycle policies that will enforce the proper disposal of recyclable materials. There are cases where some cities had outrightly banned plastics products. All these will effectively curtail a city’s waste issue.

Waste Management Campaigns

Waste management policies and rules are more effective when the public is duly educated and informed on the importance of such policies. As such, the government can utilize campaigns to motivate the community to comply with these policies. This periodical sensitization will promote an environmental awareness in the community. Nations like Jamaica and India have successfully utilized this strategy to encourage a good waste disposal attitude in its citizens.

Incentivize the Waste Disposal

Government and private waste management firms can motivate the community to partake in waste disposal initiatives by incentivizing the proper disposal of waste. This will immensely yield results as it will serve as another way to make extra income.


Clearly, the success of these strategies depends on a collection of factors. As such, they will yield successful results if the waste management systems extensively research the situation on the ground.

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