Knowledge and Management of Ménage Solid Waste among Residents of Apapa Local Government Area, Lagos State, Nigeria


Authors : Oyebamiji Okesoto; J.S. Seriki-Mosadolorun

Volume/Issue : Volume 7 - 2022, Issue 8 - August

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DOI : https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7089642

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 residents.

Keywords : Knowledge, management, ménages, solid waste, Apapa, Lagos.

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