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Sustainability of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Nigeria: A Case Study of Lagos
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2013 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Waste generation is an unavoidable product of man’s activities, however, sustainable management of such waste is a challenge faced in many countries today. Nigeria, a developing country in Africa, has been in a quandary of how to efficiently manage the municipal solid waste its population generates. Many states in the country lack adequate plans and infrastructure required for efficient and sustainable management of municipal solid waste. For Lagos, the most populous and popular state in Nigeria, the problem is further compounded by its rather large and still increasing population. In this research, Lagos is taken as a case study; the extant trend for solid waste handling in households, trends in the formal and informal sector as regards solid waste management from household collection to final disposal are focused upon. Many countries, particularly the developed ones, have employed options in the waste management hierarchy for sustainable management of their municipal solid waste and the blend of options employed is usually highly dependent on local factors. Following the waste management hierarchy, possible options for sustainable municipal solid waste management in Lagos are discussed. It is concluded that waste reduction, reuse, recycling and composting are potential management options for the state. Landfilling will remain an important option for final disposal but reliance on this method could be significantly reduced if management options are exploited to the maximum in a sustainable solid waste management structure.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. , 60 p.
Keyword [en]
Lagos, Sustainable Management, Municipal Solid Waste, Waste Handling, Waste Management Hierarchy, Households, Disposal
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-97010ISRN: LIU-TEMAV/MPSSD-A-13/009- -SEOAI: diva2:644961
Subject / course
Master´s Programme in Science for Sustainable Development, 120 ects
2013-03-05, Linkoping University, Linköping, 16:00 (English)
Available from: 2013-09-04 Created: 2013-09-02 Last updated: 2013-09-04Bibliographically approved

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