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Private sector participation in domestic waste management in informal settlements in Lagos, Nigeria

Opoko, Pearl Akunnaya and Oluwatayo, A. A. (2016) Private sector participation in domestic waste management in informal settlements in Lagos, Nigeria. Waste Management & Research, 34 (2). pp. 1217-1223.

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Lagos is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa, which is grappling with the challenges of poorly managed urbanisation. With an estimated population of about 17.5 million, solid waste management is one of the most pressing environmental challenges currently faced in the city. It is estimated that more than 9071847.4kg of urban waste is generated every day in the city. The city lacks the capacity to deal with such magnitude of waste. Consequently, the city has involved the private sector (private sector participation) in its waste management drive. This article examines the effectiveness of this public–private sector collaboration model in waste management in informal settlements in Lagos using empirical data. Major findings of the article include the irregularity of waste collection owing to a poor road network, an inadequate transport infrastructure and the desire to maximise profit, as well as poor waste handling and disposal methods by the private sector participation operators who are not chosen based on competence and capacity to perform. Another major finding is the lack of cooperation from residents evidenced in non-payment of bills and poor packaging of wastes, resulting in wastes being littered. The article concludes on the need to restructure the scheme through proper sensitisation of residents, selection of operators with demonstrable delivery capacity and provision of a well-maintained road network to facilitate access of operators to settlements.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Depositing User: Adedapo Oluwatayo
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2017 09:48
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2017 09:48

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