INFLUENCE OF PLASTIC WASTE MANAGEMENT ON THE LIVELIHOODS OF INFORMAL SETTLEMENT RESIDENTS IN KAJIADO NORTH CONSTITUENCY, KAJIADO COUNTY (KENYA)
Purpose: The study aimed at examining the influence of plastic waste management on the livelihoods of residents in the informal settlements in Kajiado North Constituency.
Methods: This study used mixed method research design. The target population in this study was households which comprised of informal settlement residents, business outlets or owners and waste segregators. The sample population was 96 informants living within the informal settlements in Kajiado North Constituency. Purposive sampling was used during this study. The study collected both quantitative and qualitative data through key informant, interviews and questionnaires. This study also utilized both primary and secondary sources of data. The research instruments were tested to determine their reliability and validity. The data gathered were quantitatively and qualitatively analyzed to determine if certain conjectures were substantiated.
Results: The problems facing developing countries in handling of plastic waste are not impossible to solve but they need concerted effort from all sectors of society. Management of plastic waste is the responsibility of every resident. Meaning that an all-inclusive approach should be adopted in order to achieve any meaningful and lasting solution and eliminate the exploitation of the informal plastic waste collectors.
Unique contribution to theory, practice and policy: There should be a participatory approach in the management of Plastic Waste by involving all stakeholders who include the civil society, NGOS, CBOs and the informal sector so as to facilitate the planning process, mobilization of resources and the maintenance of economic, social and environmental infrastructure.
Key words: Plastic waste management, livelihoods, residents, informal settlements, Kajiado North Constituency
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