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Solid waste management practices in Zimbabwe: A case study of one secondary school

Brenda Chatira-Muchopa, Munyaradzi Chidarikire, Kudzayi S. Tarisayi
The Journal for Transdisciplinary Research in Southern Africa | Vol 15, No 1 | a636 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/td.v15i1.636 | © 2019 Brenda Chatira-Muchopa, Munyaradzi Chidarikire, Kudzayi S. Tarisayi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 November 2018 | Published: 06 June 2019

About the author(s)

Brenda Chatira-Muchopa, Gary Magadzire School, Great Zimbabwe University, Masvingo, Zimbabwe
Munyaradzi Chidarikire, School of Education, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa
Kudzayi S. Tarisayi, School of Education, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa


The discourse on waste management in general and solid waste management in particular has captured the interest of many scholars. Although there is a plethora of literature on the solid waste management phenomenon globally, there is an apparent dearth of literature on solid waste management in schools in Zimbabwe. This study explored the solid waste management practices at a secondary school in Masvingo. The researchers adopted a descriptive survey research design. Data were generated from 110 learners and 3 teachers using questionnaires and interviews. The researchers also utilised observations. Findings from the study revealed that solid waste generated by the school included paper, plastics, furniture, food, vegetables, stationery and cans. In addition, the researchers noted that the school used standard bins, cardboard boxes, plastic bags, old desks and open dumping as solid waste receptacles. The researcher also established that the main solid waste disposal system at the school was open dumping. Other solid waste disposal systems identified in this study were incineration, landfills and composting. Based on the research findings, the researcher recommends waste sorting and use of durable, standard and formal receptacles.


Solid waste; solid waste management practices; secondary school; Masvingo; Zimbabwe.


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