Community Perceptions on a Government Provided Integrated-waste Recycling Plant: Experience from Ibadan, Nigeria

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

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This study was aimed at documenting the community perceptions on the utilization of an integrated solid waste recycling facility provided by Oyo State Government, Nigeria. The study design was descriptive cross sectional survey and community based. The heads of households (306) at Orita-Aperin, Adekile and Omowumi were administered with semi-structured Questionnaires. A large proportion, 92.8% of the respondents perceived the establishment of the facility as a good and worthy action. Some 74.4% felt that it was easily accessible for them and 60.6% said that they were ready to patronize it if government could involve them in its management. On the segregation of waste for the facility, 74.4% were ready to separate their wastes if government is ready to buy them at an agreed price. Some of them (40.6%) were of the view that government should employ people from the community to operate the plant for its sustainability. The respondents also felt that waste recycling would adequately reduce the problem of air pollution which was hitherto, a problem due to burning of refuse in the neighbourhood. The plant enjoys community acceptability and there is need to promote it through community education, advocacy and social marketing.

Keywords: Community Participation, Air Pollution, Social Marketing, Solid Wastes, Waste Recycling

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.145-158. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 5.915MB).

Taiwo Babatunde Hammed

Project Manager, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, 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 Ph.D 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 Promotion and Education, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

He holds a Ph.D and is 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 and published several scientific papers in International Journals and books.

Dr. G.R.E.E. Ana

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

He holds a Ph.D and currently, he is the coordinator of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria. 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.

E.O. Oloruntoba

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

Dr. Elizabeth O. Oloruntoba is a lecturer/consultant in the Dept. of Environmental Health Sciences, Faculty of Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Ibadan. She earned B.Sc Chemistry & M.Sc Analytical Chemistry (University of Ibadan, Nigeria); M.Sc (Eng.) Tropical Public Health Engineering (University of Leeds, UK) and Ph.D Water Resources and Environmental Engineering (University of Ibadan, Nigeria). She was a Joint Japan/World Bank Scholar from 1994–1996. Her research interests span areas such as: water and waste- water quality assessment and treatment, faecal sludge management, housing and health, food hygiene and safety, Hygiene and sanitation promotion, and solid waste management. She is a member of various international and local professional Organizations and a LEAD Fellow. She has publications in both national and international journals.