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01-09-2015 | ORIGINAL ARTICLE | Issue 1/2017

Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management 1/2017

Characterization and quantification of solid waste generation in the Niger Delta Region of Nigeria: a case study of Ogbe-Ijoh community in Delta State

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Journal of Material Cycles and Waste Management > Issue 1/2017
Authors:
I. H. Owamah, O. C. Izinyon, P. Igbinewekan

Abstract

In this study, the composition, characteristics and generation rates of solid waste (SW) in Ogbe-Ijoh community were investigated to provide reliable data that would foster the effective management of solid wastes in the sub-region for the achievement of Millennium Development Goals. Results from the study show that majority of the solid waste was organic (77 % by weight). The recyclable waste (paper, plastic and metal) comprised 14 % by weight of the waste composition. Household attitudes to solid waste management (SWM) as obtained from questionnaire survey have a positive correlation with results from the waste characterization study and show that the community lacks effective SWM programs. The solid waste stream in Ogbe-Ijoh community is similar to the solid waste stream of developing countries in Asia and Africa, but somewhat unique in composition and generation rate. An estimated solid waste generation rate of 1.04 kg/person/day was obtained for Ogbe-Ijoh community. Negative and positive correlations were obtained, respectively, for household size, and income in relation to solid waste generation.

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