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Waste management practices in Nigeria: Impacts and mitigation

Omole, D. O. and Isiorho, S. A. and Ndambuki, J.M. (2016) Waste management practices in Nigeria: Impacts and mitigation. In: Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future. Geological Society of America Special Paper, 520 (33). Geological Society of America, USA, pp. 377-386. ISBN 978-081372520-8

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We reviewed the current state of waste management practices in Nigeria using examples from different parts of the country. Commonly practiced waste disposal methods in Nigeria, such as burial, open-air burning, and open dumping, were found to be ineffective and detrimental to public health and the environment. It was also shown that waste management cannot be successfully operated as a social service. Rather, the generator of waste must be held responsible. Problems confronting efficient waste management in Nigeria include the proliferation of unplanned settlements, traffic congestion, insecurity, and ignorance. An experimental model being used in Lagos State for the management of wastes may be the solution. Given the rate of population growth, industrialization, and urbanization, forward-looking and effective waste management plans need to be set in motion for the protection of public health. Such plans must involve all stakeholders, including the waste generators, the private sector, the informal sector, and regulatory agencies.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Public health; traffic congestion; economic and social effects; population statistics
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
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: 14 Jun 2017 14:22
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2017 14:22

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