Topic: Practices in Packaging-waste Management and its Effect on the Environment: The Case of Mineral Water Waste in Nakasero Market and Ndejje University, Kampala Campus, (2016).

Key words: packaging, waste management, mineral water-waste, environment.

Abstract: The specific objectives of the study were to: (i) identify waste management practices of bottled water consumers in Nakasero Market and Ndejje University, (ii) find out waste management strategies of manufacturers of bottle mineral water; (iii) find out how various disposal practices by consumers affect the environment (iv) find out how different waste management strategies of manufacturers affect the environment.

The study was informed by the work of Rugambwa (2008) and Naham, (2010) who argue that the Extended Producer Responsibility principle could help force producers to manufacture less wasteful, more economically recyclable products. A cross sectional research design using qualitative and quantitative survey approaches was adopted. A sample of 108 respondents were selected though systematic random sampling, (48 from Nakasero market, 54 from Ndejje University). Six respondents represented the manufacturers. Findings indicate that generally practices for waste-management are still poor. There are no separation-bins for the bottles, nor user education thus improper bottle disposal.

The manufacturers of mineral water leave the work of collecting used bottles to local authorities. Basing on correlations, there is a weak positive relationship between waste disposal practices and their effect on the environment (Pearson (r) = 0.231, at P= 0.016 significance <0.05). The study recommends concerted effort to sensitize the public and consumers about proper methods of use and disposal of mineral water bottles and the dangers of improper disposal to humans and the environment. This requires the joint effort of manufacturers, users, local governments and all stakeholders.
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