Sattva was engaged by an Indian business conglomerate to conduct a baseline impact assessment study of a Decentralised Solid Waste Management (DSWM) programme.
OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY
The objective of the study was to understand the current situation of solid waste management in 20 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in Uttar Pradesh, India. The study aimed to establish baseline values for the project, assess waste generation and management practices, document the roles played by the community and ULBs, and evaluate the awareness levels among stakeholders.
The study focused on 20 ULBs in Uttar Pradesh, India. The sample size consisted of 1800 households across different income wards in the ULBs. The study aimed to capture demographic markers such as age, gender, and the representation of underserved communities.
The study followed a descriptive cross-sectional design and was conducted in three phases: Design and Alignment, Data collection, and Data Synthesis and Documentation. The study was executed between April and July 2022. The sampling approach used a multi-stage stratified random sampling method to ensure representation of the population. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from households, ULB officials, solid waste management (SWM) staff, and implementation partners. Area observational walkthroughs were conducted to assess the situation of waste management in each ULB.
The study provided insights into:
- demographic information of ULBs
- waste generation by different sources
- current waste management practices, and
- awareness levels among stakeholders.
Recommendations were made to strengthen and scale the program based on the findings.
The end deliverable of the project was a comprehensive baseline assessment report that documented the current situation of solid waste management in the 20 ULBs. The report included data analysis, key findings, and recommendations. It was presented to the project team and stakeholders to support decision-making and future programme planning.
The implementation of the project and Sattva’s assistance aimed to benefit the ULBs and the community.The project aimed to improve waste management practices and increase the recycling of waste at the source. The study findings helped identify gaps and change programme designs to address them effectively.