Andrew Onwuemele


The effective management of solid waste has added to the plethora of development challenges facing many developing countries cities including Nigeria. As Nigerian cities continue to experience rapid urbanization, the resulting solid wastes generated by households have grown beyond the capacity of local authorities to effectively manage. The residents of Benin City where this study is based dump refuse indiscriminately along the streets, roads and open spaces. This has resulted to the presence of mountain of refuse that have become a common feature in the city landscape. Over the years, many scholars have focused on analysis of socio-economic and environmental consequences of poor solid waste disposal in Nigerian cities. However, little or no study has examined the determinants of solid waste generation and disposal systems among households. This study therefore analyses the determinants of solid waste generation and disposal systems using Benin City as a case study. The study utilizes simple survey design covering six randomly selected neighbourhoods in Benin City. The main instrument of data collection was a questionnaire which was administered to 300 households in 6 selected neighbourhoods. Data collected were analysed using descriptive and inferential statistics. The study reveals that the quantity of waste generated as well as solid waste disposal methods among households were a reflection of variation of socio-economic attributes  of the peoples.The paper calls for the mainstreaming of socio-economic attributes of households and neighbourhoods in the design and implementation of solid waste disposal system.

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