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Household Waste Collection and Disposal: Ojo Local Government Case Study, Lagos State, Nigeria

Longe, E.O. and Ukpebor, E.F. and Omole, D. O. (2009) Household Waste Collection and Disposal: Ojo Local Government Case Study, Lagos State, Nigeria. Journal of Engineering Research, 14 (4). pp. 1-12. ISSN 0795-2333

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The increasing quantity of solid waste and its disposal is a major problem worldwide.Improper disposal of solid waste could constitute a source of environmental pollution and health hazards. The current work investigated the pattern of household waste collection and disposal in Ojo Local Government Area (OLGA) of Lagos Metropolis. Public opinions on household waste management and disposal system were evaluated using statistically designed household sampling survey. The survey covered 60 households with different socio-economic characteristics with a focus group of 120 respondents. The most significant household characteristic considered include gender, age distribution and educational attainments. The results show that both collection and disposal system of waste from households by the Private Sector Participation (PSP) operators is far from being efficient. It lacks proper coordination with inadequate equipment and tools. The scheme is characterized with irregularity in waste collection and in frequency of collection. Results revealed an absence of waste sorting or separation at household level. There is evidence of willingness from the respondents to pay for waste management services as currently practiced. However, billing should be based on the quantity of waste generated. The sustainability of the current solid waste management scheme will largely depend on improved quality of services of the PSP. As much as participation of the private sector is gaining much recognition among the populace, its environment should be made highly competitive in order to drive for high quality service delivery.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available in hardcopy only. The journal did not start online publishing until its volume 17 issue 4 in 2012.
Uncontrolled Keywords: household wastes, collection, disposal, sustainability, public opinion, severity index
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Dr D.O. OMOLE
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2015 09:55
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2015 09:55

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