International Journal of Life Science and Engineering
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International Journal of Life Science and Engineering, Vol.3, No.4, Dec. 2018, Pub. Date: 16, 2019
Characterization of Household Waste Produced in the 17th May District, Kimbaseke Municipality in Kinshasa City, the Democratic Republic of Congo
Pages: 76-86 Views: 178 Downloads: 91
Authors
[01] Clément Mutunda Mbadiko, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa City, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[02] Gédéon Ngiala Bongo, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa City, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[03] Henry Mayombo Mbunzu, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa City, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[04] Landry Lemvie Kemfine, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa City, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centre of Excellence, Ministry of Scientific Research, Kinshasa City, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[05] Bomoi Matita, Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centre of Excellence, Ministry of Scientific Research, Kinshasa City, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
[06] Léonard Ukondalemba Mindele, Department of Biology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Kinshasa, Kinshasa City, Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Abstract
In many developing countries like the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the environment is characterized by a severe insalubrity. In Africa, the collection and disposal of waste is one of the management challenges that municipal authorities are facing at a daily basis. The state of the environment in Kinshasa city is even more disturbing. The main aim of this study was to determine the nature and quantity of waste produced in the 17th May district in Kimbanseke municipality. This research was carried out in the 17th May district located in Kimabseke municipality between April and July 2017. A qualitative approach was used and questionnaires served for the collection of information from the target population. The findings showed the predominance of female than male, the predominant range age was between 36-45 years. Some respondents resorted the burial of their waste (21%), other resorted to the municipality service as method of waste disposal while the household waste produced in this district largely contain organic matter (45%) knowing that a large part of waste are produced from household activities. Most of respondents use buckets as tool of storage for their waste and the level of satisfaction of the sanitation service is not satisfactory. The frequency of waste disposal from household is done monthly and the amount of waste produced per household is of a bucket weekly. Most of respondents are aware of the environmental and health hazards that the mismanagement of waste can cause. The weakness in the management of household waste by the municipality is not without consequence, because it encourages certain households to bury their waste or throw them in the yard which is inevitably at the origin of the omnipresence of the wild discharges observed in this district.
Keywords
Waste Management, Insalubrity, 17th May District, Kimbaseke Municipality, Democratic Republic of the Congo
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