Government policies: Enabler or inhibiter of service delivery in solid waste collection and disposal?
David Kamau Kariuki
Despite the many economists and politicians advocating for liberalization of the market, market forces have failed in many fronts. There is need for intervention to correct these failures and ensure stability in the market. Governments have come up with policies to safeguard the interest of all citizens from manipulations of the market. These policies ensures that the public receives goods and services from the private sector, and also get value for money. In solid waste collection in various cities, the policies have been used to level playing ground for various firms involved as well as safeguarding the interest of the residents. This study sought to establish whether government policies affects service delivery by solid waste collecting firms in Nairobi City County (NCC) under PPP arrangement in Kenya. The study used a census method, where fifty seven private companies involved in solid waste collection in NCC, were given questionnaires to answer. The main respondents were company’s managers and supervisors since they were well equipped with policies, strategies and general operations of these companies. This ensured a reliable source of data. Reference  observed that government policies were among the key factors affecting the operations of PPPs in different sectors of the economy. Therefore, this study aimed to establish whether government policies does affect service delivery by solid waste collecting firms under PPP arrangement in NCC. Government policies in this study was determined by three key indicators: Dumping in Dandora dump site, registration procedures and zoning. The results indicate that government policies had an R2 result of .217 or 21.7%, which implies that Government policies can explain up to a total of 21.7% of the total variability in the dependent variable, service delivery by solid waste collecting firms under PPP arrangement in NCC.
The results confirmed the observation by Reference , that a government policies is a key determinant in operation of PPPs. The results also showed that government policies has a statistically significant positive influence on service delivery by solid waste collecting firms under PPP arrangement in NCC (p-value = .000). This is less than the level of significance of 0.05. Therefore, any change in the government policies would result in would result in .515 times changes in service delivery by solid waste collecting firms under PPP arrangement in NCC.
Keywords- Zoning, Service delivery, Registration of firms, Dumping
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David Kamau Kariuki,   "Government policies: Enabler or inhibiter of service delivery in solid waste collection and disposal?"
, International Journal of Engineering Development and Research (IJEDR), ISSN:2321-9939, Volume.8, Issue 1, pp.329-333, January 2020, Available at :http://www.ijedr.org/papers/IJEDR2001062.pdf