URBANIZATION AND SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT CHALLENGES IN NIGERIA
Urbanisation is a growing issue. So is the consequent waste generation and its management
challenges. This paper reviews the factors of urbanization and consequent solid waste generation and their attendant management challenges in Nigeria. The challenges of solid waste management include inadequate infrastructure, paucity of policy and legal framework, poor environmental planning, budgetary and operational constraints, overpopulation, and inadequate environmental education. It is recommended that environmental education should be included in the school curricula to educate and create awareness, acquire the knowledge, value, skills, experience of the environment and waste disposal methods. Efficient solid waste management mechanism should be put in place for the needed appropriate coping capacity with increasing waste generation consequent upon increasing urbanization in Nigeria.
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