Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment

Vol 17, Issue 3&4,2019
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Print ISSN: 1459-0263

Compliance to solid waste management laws among rural and urban residents


 Mojisola Oyewole*1, Oghenetejiri Digun-Aweto2

Recieved Date: 2019-06-22, Accepted Date: 2019-09-14


In Nigeria and Lagos State particularly, solid wastes posed  a hydra-headed problem due to her burgeon population. Hence, government promulgated various laws and regulations to promote waste management. Despite these laws, solid waste management in Lagos state is still poor. Hence, this study examined compliance of residents to waste management laws. Multistage sampling was used to select 120 residents from rural and two urban local government areas in Lagos state. Structured questionnaire was used to collect information on socio-economic characteristics, awareness, knowledge, attitude, constraints and compliance with the waste management laws. Data were analysed using descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. Results revealed that 65% of rural residents were between 40 and 59 years as compared to 65% of urban residents that were less than 40 years. Majority (90%) of urban residents were aware of sensitization efforts within their residence as compared to 43.3% of rural residents. All urban residents had correct knowledge on the responsibility of government and individuals in waste management as compared to 83.3% of rural residents. Over half (53.3%) of the respondents had favourable attitude towards the waste management laws. Inappropriate and irregular timing of waste operators (2.65) and lack of proper waste disposal facilities (2.85) were the most severe constraints among urban and rural residents, respectively. Compliance to waste management law among urban residents (27.12) was higher than among rural residents (22.04), which differ significantly (t =1.98). Age (χ2=145.70), household size (χ2 =75.01) and knowledge (r = 0.55) were significantly associated with compliance of waste management laws. The study recommends relevant authorities roll out compliance promotion and assistance programs so as to inculcate waste management laws into the social-cultural lifestyle of residents.


Waste management laws, compliance, residents, private sector partners (PSP), Lagos state

Journal: Journal of Food, Agriculture and Environment
Year: 2019
Volume: 17
Issue: 3&4
Category: Environment
Pages: 103-110

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