Popular modes of provisioning for solid waste management in urban areas are increasingly becoming a common feature in urban management as it replaces the formal modes of utility provision. This is in response to the inadequate provision of the basic utilities including waste collection and disposal. The poor environment created has compelled popular masses to cooperate with the intention of reducing the problems of poor environmental sanitation. The quality of the environment in a given place will influence the quality of life and reproduction processes for its residents, and in this respect, the built environment is important in ensuring a good living environment. Urban utilities are instrumental in influencing this built environment, however, in cities of the developing countries utilities including solid waste management in unplanned urban places are inadequate. The result of this type of provision is that the local popular groups emerge to fill the gap created by the public sector failures to create opportunities for an improved environment. This paper attests to the emerging modes of provisioning for solid waste management and how they impact on the environmental quality of the unplanned settlements in Kampala, Uganda.