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The need to improve waste management in Nigeria

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Waste management is a critical issue in Nigeria, as the country generates a significant amount of waste as reported by Bio Energy Consult, but lacks adequate infrastructure and resources to properly manage it. This results in significant environmental and public health problems, as well as economic losses. Improving waste management in Nigeria is crucial to addressing these issues and realizing the potential benefits of waste reduction and recycling.

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One of the main sources of waste in Nigeria is littering and illegal dumping in urban areas. This results in unsightly and unhealthy living conditions, as well as environmental degradation. In addition, inadequate collection and disposal of waste in rural areas leads to the accumulation of waste in these areas, which also results in environmental degradation and public health problems.

Another major source of waste in Nigeria is the lack of proper management of hazardous and medical waste. These types of waste can be extremely dangerous and can cause serious health problems if not properly handled. This is particularly concerning in Nigeria, where healthcare facilities are often ill-equipped to handle hazardous waste and where regulations for the disposal of such waste are not always enforced.

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In addition to these issues, Nigeria also struggles with inefficient recycling and composting programs. This results in a significant amount of waste being sent to landfills, where it can take hundreds of years to decompose. This not only wastes valuable resources but also contributes to environmental degradation.

Improving waste management in Nigeria could bring significant benefits to the country. For example, increasing recycling and composting could conserve resources, create jobs, and reduce the amount of waste sent to landfills. In addition, generating energy from waste could reduce the burden on the grid, create jobs and reduce the environmental impact of the waste.

YouTube video by TVC News Nigeria on “the sustainable development practice on waste management”.

In conclusion, waste management is a critical issue in Nigeria that needs to be addressed urgently. The country generates a significant amount of waste according to a research by Barrero, but lacks adequate infrastructure and resources to properly manage it. This results in significant environmental and public health problems, as well as economic losses. Improving waste management in Nigeria is crucial to addressing these issues and realizing the potential benefits of waste reduction and recycling.

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