Municipal solid waste generation in Lagos Metropolis is on the increase both in quantities and variety as a result of urbanization and its impact on the environmental challenges of Lagos State. This paper examines the generation pattern of household and market waste in Lagos Metropolis. The household and market solid wastes generated during a period of 48 days by a sampling of 200 households and 40 market waste samples of different socio – economic characteristics were classified and weighed at source between March 2004 and February 2006. The mean waste generated per household per day was 3770.41 + 208.16g, 2711.90 + 109.44g, 2000.47 + 110.53g and 1945.61 + 75.03g for Ikoyi, Ebute-Metta, Gbagada and Mushin, respectively. The average waste generated per capita per day was 372.63g/capita/day and for the four Local Government Areas were 385.24 + 3.18g, 374.18 + 1.47g, 368.65 + 0.99g and 362.46 + 2.66g, respectively. The average weights of market waste generated per day for the four Local Government Areas were 3350.84 + 35.51g, 3959.32 + 35.48g, 3971.92 + 89.07g and 4848.68 + 77.35g, respectively, The seasonal generation showed an increase during the wet season compared to the dry season. There is need for Lagos State Government to institute an integrated Waste Management approach that will encompass all sectors of the economy to be able to cope with the increase.
PAPER TITLE :THE GENERATION PATTERN OF MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE IN LAGOS METROPOLIS
JOURNAL Of SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY | VOLUME 2 NUMBER 11 2011
- Author(s) : OYELOLA, O. T. BABATUNDE, A. I. ABIODUN, A.A. and POPOOLA, E.O.