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Title: Seasonal variation and municiple solid waste composition—issues for development of new waste management strategies in Abuja, Nigeria
Authors: Roberts, Clive L.
Watkin, Glynne
Ezeah, Chukwunonye
Phillips, Paul S.
Odunfa, Amos
Citation: Journal of solid waste technology and management, 36(4): 210-19
Publisher: Widener University School of Engineering and the National Center for Resource Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania
Journal: Journal of solid waste technology and management
Issue Date: 2010
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2436/118813
Abstract: The state of solid waste management in cities of developing countries like Nigeria is a major social/environmental challenge. While research to understand the nature of the barriers to sustainable management methods have been carried out, the impact of seasonal changes in waste composition and practice is still in its infancy in developing countries. This paper investigates seasonal variation in municipal solid waste composition in Abuja, Nigeria, a classic tropical urban environment. Weekly waste collections from eighty randomly selected dwellings in Garki District of Abuja Municipality were sampled and analyzed at two peaks of the main tropical seasons: January-February (dry season) and August-September (wet season) in 2008. Results of compositional analysis and physical characterization were statistically analyzed and indicate that waste stream has approximately 11% and 60% recyclable and biodegradable components respectively. This investigation finds no significant difference in the proportion of biodegradable components of the waste stream from both seasons. Findings from this investigation helped develop strategies designed to improve current management practices.
Type: Article
Language: en
Keywords: Nigeria
Municipal solid waste composition
Seasonal variation
Strategy
Waste composition
ISSN: 1088-1697
Appears in Collections: Agriculture Research Group

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