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APPRAISAL OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LAGOS METROPOLIS APPRAISAL OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN LAGOS METROPOLIS

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Continental Journal of Water, Air, and Soil Pollution
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  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political Science

Abstract

The management of urban solid waste is one of the most immediate and serious environmental problems facing governments in African cities. The conventional municipal solid waste management approach (based on collection and disposal) has failed to provide effective services to all urban residents. The environment steadily degrades due to waste which is not managed effectively. The overall goal of solid waste management is to collect and dispose of solid wastes generated by population groups in an environmentally and satisfactory manner. As cities grow economically, business activity and consumption patterns drive up solid waste quantities. The purpose of this study was to appraise the average collection and disposal of solid wastes and the hindrances to the effectiveness of collection agents in Lagos metropolis. Waste collected and disposed of at the Olusosun dumpsite from four local government areas in the metropolis of Lagos State were weighed daily for a period of twenty-four months. The monthly total mean of waste (tonnes) collected are 658.44tonnes, 653.39tonnes, 538.28tonnes and 2151.62tonnes for Ikoyi, Ebute-Metta, Gbagada and Mushin, respectively. The seasonal collection showed an increase during the dry season compared to the wet season. The weekly collection at the end of each month is comparatively higher in view of the compulsory monthly environmental sanitation in the state. KEYWORDS: Waste collection, Olusosun dumpsite, Waste disposal, Urban Solid waste, Local Government, Lagos Metropolis, Waste collection agents

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