AN ASSESSMENT OF THE METHODS OF COLLECTING AND DISPOSING OF HOUSEHOLD WASTES IN ZARIA, KADUNA STATE

Aduke Olufunmilayo Bello (PhD), Simon Manasseh Loms

Abstract


The collection and disposal of household wastes is one of the activities that have been with man. The paper assesses the several methods adopted in the management of waste collection and disposal, and its challenges in Zaria Kaduna State. A set of 200 questionnaires were randomly administered purposively to households to cover parts of Anguwar Aladu (Samaru), Jushi-Waji/Chiki, Chikaji, KwangilaMotor Park, Dogon Bauchi residential area, i.e. 40 per location, being areas with dense population which is most likely to generate high rate of waste. The result is descriptive in nature using statistical tables and charts. The most common types of waste in the study area are cans, cellophane bags (nylon or leather), food left over covers, glass, plastics paper/carton and vegetables. Some of the methods of waste collection identified include the use of bags, waste containers, cartons, baskets in the area. The methods of waste disposal revealed in the study area are dumping in refusesites and water bodies (32%), open burning 48%, clearance by the state waste management Authority 20%. Part of the recommendations is that of intensifying the effect of government intervention by providing more waste containers, clearing and disposing of the collected waste. There is also the need for public enlightenment on proper waste collection and disposal system adoption by the Kaduna State government and individuals. There should be the stipulating of laws against indiscriminate dumping of wastes in the environment and offenders should be punished for breaking the law.


Keywords


Assessment, Methods, Wastes Collection, Wastes Disposal and Household wastes

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