Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future
Waste management practices in Nigeria: Impacts and mitigation
Published:May 01, 2016
David O. Omole, Solomon A. Isiorho, Julius M. Ndambuki, 2016. "Waste management practices in Nigeria: Impacts and mitigation", Geoscience for the Public Good and Global Development: Toward a Sustainable Future, Gregory R. Wessel, Jeffrey K. Greenberg
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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...