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Environmental Hazards of Dumpsites in Ibadan, Nigeria

1Olamide A. Oladejo, and 2Iduh J.J. Otene

1Pan African University Life and Earth Sciences Institute (Including Health and Agriculture), University of Ibadan, Ibadan 200284, Oyo sate, Nigeria.

2Department of Soil and Environmental Management, Faculty of Agriculture, Kogi State University, Anyigba, P.M.B. 1008, Anyigba, Kogi State, Nigeria.

Accepted June 08, 2018

The aim of this study is to investigate the perceived environmental hazards associated with living and working close to dumpsites in Ibadan, Nigeria. Data for the study were collected using structured questionnaires, key informant interview, and secondary sources such as Ibadan landfill data. Simple descriptive statistical tool of Statistical Package for Social Science (SPSS) software was used for analysis of data. Results from the study revealed that major environmental hazards perceived by respondents are housefly and/or mosquito, odour, and smoke with health risks, inconveniences, and possibly a factor contributing to slow pace development in the communities. The tipping of waste and monthly fumigation of dumpsites by Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA) are not sufficient for the reduction of odour or control of houseflies. Respondents perceive that relocation of the dumpsites far away from human habitation will be the best solution to the environmental and health menace caused by the dumpsites. Future studies should include the economic, technical, and environmental analysis of solid waste recycling systems such as the use of organic waste for compost making and ‘waste to energy’ projects like biogas as it will be a valuable input that will inform policies and encourage small scale investments.

Key words: Solid Wastes, Dumpsites, Environmental Hazards, Health Risks, Management, Nigeria

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