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Corruption and efficiency in solid waste management

When I started writing about the impact of corruption of the efficiency of service delivery in the municipal and city council’s solid waste management sector, I had no idea how much I would learn. Like most writers I brought my value system into the writing until I discovered that what I thought I knew was not exactly what it is on the ground. Other writers have argued that corruption can lead to more efficient allocation of resources because bribery and other corrupt actions can help navigate the highly bureaucratic systems mostly found in democracies.

However, majority of the research points to the fact that corruption leads to less than optimal positions as the transactional costs of corruption add to the general cost and especially to the cost the society has to bear when it comes to the public service sector. In solid waste management, no doubt that corruption is one of the major obstacles to achieving efficiency in the provision of waste collection, disposal and treatment services but is there more to corruption than just impacting on efficient  waste management?