Solid Waste Management Problems in Secondary Schools in Ibadan, Nigeria

Ana, G.R.E.E and Oloruntoba, E.O and Shendell, D. and Elemile, O.O Solid Waste Management Problems in Secondary Schools in Ibadan, Nigeria. Journal of Environmental Health.

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Inappropriate solid waste management practices in schools in less-developed countries, particularly in major urban communities, constitute one of the major factors leading to declining environmental health conditions. The objective of the authors' descriptive, cross-sectional study was to assess solid waste management problems in selected urban schools in Ibadan, Nigeria. Eight secondary schools with average pupil populations not less than 500 per school were selected randomly. Four hundred questionnaires (50 per school) were administered. In addition, an observational checklist was used to assess the physical environment. Paper and plastics were the most frequently generated wastes. Common methods of solid waste disposal reported were use of dustbins for collection and open burning. Major problems perceived with current refuse disposal methods by the study students were odors, pest infestation, and spillages. Littering and spillages of solid waste were also common features reported. Data suggested inadequate waste management facilities and practices in study schools. The lack of refuse bins may have contributed to waste spillages and the burning practices. Odors may have arisen from both the decay of overstored organic waste rich in moisture and emissions from refuse burning. This scenario poses a community environmental health nuisance and may compromise school environmental quality.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Depositing User: Dr Olugbenga Elemile
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2022 09:53
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2022 09:53

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