Organizational related factors influencing waste management in kericho municipality, kericho county, kenya
Waste management is a critical processing ensuring health of the public, aesthetic value, environmental sustainability and other environment reasons. Organizations that are tasked with waste management should be able to provide the direction and lead. The purpose of this study was to correlate the organizational factors influencing waste management in Kericho municipality, Kericho County. The objectives of the study were to determine organizational systems influence on waste management in the municipality, to access the extent at which infrastructure influence waste management in the municipality and investigate human resource influence on waste management in the municipality and to establish the level at which planning influence waste management in the municipality. The study would be vital for County government put stringent measures and come up with strategies within the department of environment for efficient waste management. A descriptive survey design was used in implementing the study. The target population was the staff of department of environment, Kericho County, KEWASCO and NEMA. Census was used to sample 120 respondents. 120 questionnaires were administered. Structured questionnaires were used to collect data. The data was analysed using statistical software packages that was Microsoft Access and SPSS. The findings revealed that, the policies present were adequate in management of waste. The Organization had management structures that were efficient in delivery and management. The Organization was up to date with technologies that efficiently handle waste management. The public was involved in decision-making processes of the organization; the roles of every personnel in the organization were well defined. The Organization structure and the procedures put in place were efficient in handling waste management matters. Human resource factors are ranked to be the most separate (grand: X = 3.63 & s.d = 0.396). Financial planning factors (grand: X = 3.66 & s.d = 0.221), organizational factors (grand: X = 3.83 & s.d = 0.097) and lastly, infrastructure factors grand: X = 3.85 & s.d = 0.141). The pearson correlation showed that there was statistical relationship among the variables. The study concluded that the impact of poor waste management practices on the natural environment was acknowledged. The researcher recommended more trainings and enrolment of experience waste experts in Kericho Municipality. There is also need to reduce temporary personnel and make them permanent to build their confidence in the organization. The researcher suggested further studies on modern management of waste that is in line with sustainable development goals.
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