Integrating a State Owned Waste Recycling Facility and Neighbourhood Participation for Sustainable Management

By Taiwo Babatunde Hammed, M.K.C. Sridhar, I.O. Olaseha, E.O. Oloruntoba and G.R.E.E. Ana.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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In order to tackle the problem posed by solid wastes (SWs) in Ibadan, an integrated solid waste recycling facility was built in 2004 by the Oyo State government at Orita-Aperin without prior information on SW generated in the area. This study was designed to assess the SWs generated in the area, with a view of sustainability of raw material procurement to the facility. The study involved descriptive survey and laboratory components. An observation checklist was used to assess the operational processes of the recycling plant and document the types and amount of the wastes generated. It was observed that the recycling facility could recycle 6000 kg of organic waste into fertilizer, 2000 kg of nylon/plastic waste, and 1000 kg of scrap metal per day. Solid waste generation rate was assessed as 0.15 kg/person/day. The composition of the organic waste showed: organic carbon (70.2%), total nitrogen (2.6%), total phosphorus (0.34%), C:N ratio (27: 1), lead (0.09 mgkg−1), chromium (0.04 mgkg−1), nickel (0.07 mgkg−1), zinc (0.15 mgkg−1), and cadmium (0.02 mgkg−1), indicating that organic waste is of good quality for composting. This study has identified neighbourhood communities as a potential source of organic and nylon/plastic wastes.

Keywords: Community, Environment, Neighbourhood, Raw Material, Recycling Facility, Solid Wastes, Sustainability, Waste Management

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 8, pp.11-24. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 955.587KB).

Taiwo Babatunde Hammed

Doctoral Candidate, Dept of Epidemiology, Medical Statistics and Environmental Health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

He has bachelor in Environmental Management and Toxicology from the University Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun state and a master degree in Public Health (Environmental Health) from the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. He is currently a Doctoral candidate in the same university. He has worked in different capacities with NGOs that deal with environmental sanitation and management since the year 2006. One notable experience is being a Project Manager of a multi-million NINAAFEH/MTN Nigeria foundation Environmental Health Project at Alesinloye market Ibadan, Nigeria. Among other things, the project comprises water sanitation, sewage management and solid waste recycling, including composting for organic wastes and conversion of plastic/nylon waste to pellets and resins.

Prof. M.K.C. Sridhar

Professor and Head of Environmental Health, Division of Enviromental Health Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Professor Mynepalli obtained a PhD from the Indian Institute of Science, and worked for some years before moving to the University of Ibadan in 1977. Prof. Mynepalli worked on research projects ranging from water quality, waste management, eutrophication and pollution control to environmental toxicology and community mobilization. Prof. Mynepalli developed waste to wealth projects, particularly compost and organo-mineral fertilizers, and biogas for communities using stakeholder approach. Professor Mynepalli is a consultant to UNDP, UNICEF, WHO, and other agencies. Prof. Mynepalli has traveled extensively and spent several years in India, Switzerland, and USA.

Dr. I.O. Olaseha

Lecturer, Department of Health Education and Promotion, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Holds a Ph.D and currently Reader in Health Promotion and Education at Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. He has several years of experience in the area of community mobilization and education, related to environment and health. He has been a Consultant to various national and international organizations; Published several scientific papers in International Journals and books.

E.O. Oloruntoba

Lecturer, Dept of Epidemilogy, Medical Statistics and Environmental Health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Dr. Oloruntoba is a water and sanitation expert. She holds a Ph.D and currently lecturer/consultant in the Department of Epidemiology, Medical Statistics and Environmental Health, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine. She has also published several scientific papers in International Journals and books. She has been consulted on different matters that concern environment and health by various national and international agencies.

Dr. G.R.E.E. Ana

Lecturer, Department of Epidemilogy, Medical Statistics and Environmental Health, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Holds a Ph.D and currently lecturer/consultant in the Department of Epidemiology, Medical Statistics and Environmental Health, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine. He has published extensively in International Journals and books. He is an expert in all aspect of Public and Environmental Health field, including, Land, Noise, Air, and Water Pollution, Environmental and Occupational Epidemiology, Environmental Toxicology, Hazardous chemical management, and so on.

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