REDUCTION, REUSE AND RECYCLING OF SOLID WASTE IN THE MAKURDI METROPOLITAN AREA OF NIGERIA: PUBLIC OPINIONS AND PERCEPTIONS

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/316256
Title:
REDUCTION, REUSE AND RECYCLING OF SOLID WASTE IN THE MAKURDI METROPOLITAN AREA OF NIGERIA: PUBLIC OPINIONS AND PERCEPTIONS
Authors:
Fullen, Michael A.; Booth, Colin A.; Hammond, Felix Nikoi; Tannahill, Kim; Awopetu, Sesan O.; Awopetu, Ronke G.; Coker, Akinwale O.; Awopetu, Michael S.
Abstract:
Waste is a global environmental issue that is becoming most noted in developing countries. Public attitudes towards reducing, reusing and recycling solid waste in the Makurdi Metropolitan area of Nigeria have been sought, in tandem with their awareness of waste management options, to determine the extent to which these various approaches are utilised and to identify strategic avenues for improvement. To date, the waste management strategies of the study area, which are typical of many developing countries, remain focused on more traditional waste collection and storage methods (dumped outside the city limits in an uncontrolled landfill site) that are not conducive to sustainable futures. Questionnaires were distributed (n = 560) throughout low (Zone I), medium (Zone II) and high density (Zone III) population areas, with different income levels, and the respondent data analysed (n = 545). These reveal that most respondents (>80%) in all of the three zones are aware of solid waste reuse, recycling and reduction from source and that many of them (>90%) are willing to participate in any associated schemes. Opinion on the responsibility for managing waste was divided, with the most affluent neighbourhood (Zone III) believing the government was accountable and the less affluent neighbourhoods disagreeing. Moreover, many from the least affluent neighbourhood (Zone I) considered solid waste to be both a serious environmental and public health risk. Concomitant with these findings, it is apparent that the infrastructure and the societal means to facilitate solid waste reduction, reuse and recycling is drastically lacking. Since there is a clear public knowledge and willingness to engage in sustainable waste management approaches, across all levels of society, it is recommended there is a shift in local authority strategy towards a sustainable hierarchy and federal government funding be forthcoming to make necessary infrastructure improvements and embrace public attitudes to solid waste reduction, reuse and recycling.
Citation:
International Journal of Education and Research 1 (11)
Publisher:
Contemporary Research Center, Australia
Journal:
International Journal of Education and Research
Issue Date:
Nov-2013
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/2436/316256
Additional Links:
http://www.ijern.com/journal/November-2013/18.pdf
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
2201-6333
Appears in Collections:
Plant and Environmental Research Group

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dc.contributor.authorFullen, Michael A.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorBooth, Colin A.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorHammond, Felix Nikoien_GB
dc.contributor.authorTannahill, Kimen_GB
dc.contributor.authorAwopetu, Sesan O.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorAwopetu, Ronke G.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorCoker, Akinwale O.en_GB
dc.contributor.authorAwopetu, Michael S.en_GB
dc.date.accessioned2014-04-30T12:40:54Z-
dc.date.available2014-04-30T12:40:54Z-
dc.date.issued2013-11-
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Education and Research 1 (11)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn2201-6333-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2436/316256-
dc.description.abstractWaste is a global environmental issue that is becoming most noted in developing countries. Public attitudes towards reducing, reusing and recycling solid waste in the Makurdi Metropolitan area of Nigeria have been sought, in tandem with their awareness of waste management options, to determine the extent to which these various approaches are utilised and to identify strategic avenues for improvement. To date, the waste management strategies of the study area, which are typical of many developing countries, remain focused on more traditional waste collection and storage methods (dumped outside the city limits in an uncontrolled landfill site) that are not conducive to sustainable futures. Questionnaires were distributed (n = 560) throughout low (Zone I), medium (Zone II) and high density (Zone III) population areas, with different income levels, and the respondent data analysed (n = 545). These reveal that most respondents (>80%) in all of the three zones are aware of solid waste reuse, recycling and reduction from source and that many of them (>90%) are willing to participate in any associated schemes. Opinion on the responsibility for managing waste was divided, with the most affluent neighbourhood (Zone III) believing the government was accountable and the less affluent neighbourhoods disagreeing. Moreover, many from the least affluent neighbourhood (Zone I) considered solid waste to be both a serious environmental and public health risk. Concomitant with these findings, it is apparent that the infrastructure and the societal means to facilitate solid waste reduction, reuse and recycling is drastically lacking. Since there is a clear public knowledge and willingness to engage in sustainable waste management approaches, across all levels of society, it is recommended there is a shift in local authority strategy towards a sustainable hierarchy and federal government funding be forthcoming to make necessary infrastructure improvements and embrace public attitudes to solid waste reduction, reuse and recycling.en_GB
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherContemporary Research Center, Australiaen_GB
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.ijern.com/journal/November-2013/18.pdfen_GB
dc.subjectPublic awarenessen_GB
dc.subjectWaste hierarchyen_GB
dc.subjectManagement strategyen_GB
dc.subjectDeveloping countriesen_GB
dc.titleREDUCTION, REUSE AND RECYCLING OF SOLID WASTE IN THE MAKURDI METROPOLITAN AREA OF NIGERIA: PUBLIC OPINIONS AND PERCEPTIONSen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Education and Researchen_GB
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