Solid Waste Generation, Disposal and Management in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria
Keywords:waste generation, waste disposal, collection, management
The generation and disposal of solid waste is an intrinsic part of any developing society when not properly manage will result to environmental land degradation and eventual threat to the physical environment. Generation of waste in large volume does not constitute a problem but inability to dispose them off on time and properly by individuals and governments. The aim of this paper is to examine solid waste generation, how wastes are dispose off and the management strategies employed in the study area. Information was obtained using a total of 250 copies of questionnaire administered to residents using random sampling technique. Descriptive statistics were used to present and analyse the data while chi-square was used to test the hypothesis. The study revealed that there are different types of waste generated and various methods used in disposing solid waste such as open dumpsite, in drains and streets, into streams and river channels, nearby bush, burning and excavation by waste management. This paper recommends that Storage bins should be provided for each household at a reasonable cost. This will make collection easy for the waste collectors, government should increase and improve on the funds allocated to waste management operators to carry out their management responsibilities and the waste management authority should educate the citizens on proper storage of waste and thus to ensure good living environment.
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