Categorization, Characterisation, Management and Future Trends of Solid Wastes in Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

Ibimilua Adewale Festus, Ibimilua Foyeke Omoboye

Abstract


This research work aims at investigating the categories, characteristics and management of solid wastes in Ado-Ekiti Nigeria. Data for the study were collected from both primary and secondary sources. The methodology for primary data collection includes preliminary study, observation, focus group discussion, and interviews, as well as administration of questionnaire. 468 copies of the questionnaire were administered on randomly selected respondents from 3 different residential zones of the city (low, medium and high). Secondary data were collected mainly from Ekiti State Waste Management Board as well as Ekiti State Ministry of Environment. The data were analysed using simple tools of analysis like tables, frequencies and percentages. Findings from the study revealed that 80 tons of wastes are generated and disposed off in Ado-Ekiti on daily basis. The most prominent categories of the waste are agricultural, municipal and domestic. The major constraints to efficient waste management are technical, financial, institutional, economic and social deterrents. The prominent media of waste collection in the study area are drums and dust bins. Likewise, the storage facilities are dinno bins and wheelie bins. The wastes are transported to the dumping ground irregularly. The study revealed further that wastes are not properly managed in Ado-Ekiti. The menace has posed social, economic and environmental consequences. The major hindrances to efficient waste management are technical, financial, institutional, economic and social limitations. Hence, the study recommends that there should be a collaborative effort among individuals, government and non-governmental organizations in the management of solid wastes. The study concludes that reduction, reuse, and recycling are the best practices for sustainable solid waste management.

DOI: 10.5901/mjss.2015.v6n4s3p628


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