Waste Management Practices in Nigeria: Impacts and Mitigation
Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future: Geological Society of America Special Paper 520,
Geological Society Special Paper 520
The Geological Society of America
Waste management practices in Nigeria: Impacts and mitigation
David O. Omole
Department of Civil Engineering, Covenant University, KM 10 Idiroko Road, Canaanland, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria, and Department of Civil Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology, Private Bag X680, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
Solomon A. Isiorho*
Department of Geosciences, Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW), Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805, USA
Julius M. Ndambuki
Department of Civil Engineering, Tshwane University of Technology, Private Bag X680, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa
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 effi- cient waste management in Nigeria include the proliferation of unplanned settle- ments, 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.
waste management, environment, mitigation, Nigeria
Civil and Environmental Engineering | Earth Sciences
David O. Omole, Solomon A. Isiorho, and Julius M. Ndambuki (2016).
Waste Management Practices in Nigeria: Impacts and Mitigation. Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future: Geological Society of America Special Paper 520,. 377-386. The Geological Society of America.