People’s Perception on Household Solid Waste Management in Ojo Local Government Area, in Nigeria

Type Journal Article - Journal of Environmental Health Science & Engineering
Title People’s Perception on Household Solid Waste Management in Ojo Local Government Area, in Nigeria
Volume 6
Issue 3
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2009
Page numbers 209-216
The current work examined the structure of household waste management system, collection and disposal within
the context of a wider research on integrated solid waste management in households. A sample of 30 households
from eleven selected residential areas with a focus group of 60 respondents in Ojo Local Government Area, Lagos
State, Nigeria was used. The selected residential areas were divided into high, middle and low socio-economic
strata. The research examined a range of environmental behaviours, attitude and perception of respondents on
household solid waste management. The results established waste management behaviours among the respondents
on solid waste management system, services, patronage of services and cost recovery methods. Public opinion
and perception on solid waste management system is characterized with irregularity and inefficient collection
system; with poor monitoring of the private waste service providers by the local authority. Willingness to pay for
waste management services provided by the private service providers, the Private Sector Participation operators
is higher among the middle and high income socio-economic groups than in the low income group. However,
with the application of sustainable environmental education greater success ratio could be achieved. Level of
patronage of solid waste management services is high across the three socio-economic groups but patronage is
shared among the two operating service providers (formal and informal). The Private Sector Participation has
the highest patronage level with 64.6% severity index while the informal sector (Cart pushers) have only 48.7%
severity index both percentages translate to the agreed and neutral perception opinion ranges respectively. The
paper advocates for improved solid waste management system through proper monitoring of the services of the
Private Sector Participation operators by the Local Government Area for improved service efficiency. Finally the
research suggests appropriate lines of action on sustainability of a private sector driven solid waste management
scheme in the Local Government Area and in Lagos State in general.

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