Disposal and Management of Solid Waste in Damaturu, Yobe State, Nigeria: Challenges and Implications
Adamu, I. M.; Dibal, H. I. and Duhu, B. Y.
Journal Title:Journal of Environmental Issues and Agriculture in Developing Countries
This study assesses the challenges of solid waste management and their implications in Damaturu, Yobe State, Nigeria. The data were generated through primary and secondary sources. A total of 50 copies of questionnaire were administered to households, civil servants, and Yobe State Environmental Protection Agency staff. Direct survey and interview were conducted. The findings of the study reveal that majority of the respondents have been living in Damaturu for more than 2 years. The type of soil wastes generated mostly were organic which are biodegradable, and the solid waste is dispose in open land by the inhabitants. Most of the respondents reveal that YOSEPA is managing their waste to some extent. Majority of the respondents dispose their waste on daily basis. Based on the findings, wastes in the environment have some implications to human health and aesthetic nature of the environment. Inadequate financing, low workforce and lack of adequate machinery are the major factors hindering the performance of the agency. Refuse collection containers preferably plastic bag should be provided to individual households at closer intervals in markets, shopping areas, streets and other commercial centers.