The problem of solid waste management (SWM) and its implications to health and environmental problems has become increasing. The issue of SWM in Bahir Dar city appeared to be one of the problems that need a great improvement. The principal results show that institutional, economic and social factors hinder SWM service in Ethiopia with particular focus on Bahir Dar city. Also, the results of the study reveal that most of the respondents have low awareness towards appropriate SWM. Purposive sampling was used to sample kebele (Kebele is the smallest administrative unit (administrative neighborhood units) of Ethiopia similar to a ward or peasant association) whereas random sampling technique was employed to select sample households. Data were collected from the respondents using questionnaire, key informant interview and observation. It is recommended that government should encourage the private service providers through clear institutional structure and create community awareness about the disposal systems of solid wastes.
Key words: Solid waste management, appropriate waste disposal, people awareness.
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