The study examined knowledge and
management of ménage solid waste among residents of
Apapa local government area of Lagos State. It was a
descriptive cross sectional survey study in which a total
of three hundred and ninety-nine (399) ménages were
selected by multistage sampling technique and studied
using structured questionnaire. Four research questions
were raised and answered while two null hypotheses
were formulated and tested at .05 level of significance.
Data were analyzed using mean, standard deviation and
Chi-square. Results from the study showed that food
residues, nylon, diapers and plastics were the mostly
generated ménage wastes among the residents. The
waste management methods well known to the residents
are open dumping, open burning and land filling.
Findings revealed that the residents have good
knowledge of the risk associated with improper waste
management. It was also discovered that the rate of
waste dumping is significantly higher than the rate of
evacuation and this poses challenges to management.
There was no significant association between knowledge
and waste management practices among the residents
(P> 0.05). Also, there was no statistically significant
association (P> 0.005) between residents’ academic
qualifications and waste management practices.
Conclusions were made and the study recommends
amongst others that Lagos State Waste Management
Agency (LAWMA) should be more frequent in the
collection of refuse. Environmental education should be
offered to the residents through the local government
officials. This will encourage strict adherence to proper
and appropriate waste management practices among the
Knowledge, management, ménages, solid waste, Apapa, Lagos.