Solid waste management trends in Nigeria

Ebikapade Amasuomo, Jim Baird

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The purpose of this paper is to investigate the current trend of solid waste management in Nigeria and to identify the major challenges inhibiting the attainment of sustainable solid waste management in the country. The study
relied on a desktop study approach; hence, data were obtained from previous publications relevant to the current study, particularly from peer reviewed publications. Sources such as waste management agencies websites, reports and documents, journal articles, environmental organizations reports and books were also used to obtain information and data.
It was found that solid waste management is a major concern in the country. Inadequate environmental policies and legislations, low level of environmental awareness, poor funding and inappropriate technology, corruption and unplanned development were some of the challenges facing solid waste management in the country. As a result, the paper concludes that for waste management to work, various aspects of Government services such as engineering, urban planning, Geography, economics, public health and law among others must be brought together under a proper policy to deliver an effective waste management system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Management and Sustainability
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 25 Nov 2016


  • Nigeria
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Port Harcourt
  • Environmental Awareness
  • Policies


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