Assessment of Waste Management Practice on Liveability in Ibadan, Nigeria.
One of the challenges of urbanisation is improper management of huge amounts of waste generated in most urban areas. This has led to various environmental challenges that threaten sustainable development. In view of the above, the study assessed waste management practices on city liveability in Ibadan, Nigeria. This was done by analysing the existing waste management practices in Ibadan through the public, private and informal sectors. Also, waste disposal and management techniques in Ibadan were examined. The methodology adopted involved the collection of waste data in Ibadan through secondary source and the data were used to forecast future waste generation and propose a resilient waste management system. The study found out that, collection of waste was the most challenging and most expensive aspect of waste disposal practice; it accounted for about80% of the total disposal cost. The challenges of waste management in Ibadan include: unamenable control of existing settlement patterns, poor staffing and inadequate technical know-how, poor funding, bad planning and poor legal framework. The study discovered that, methods of waste disposal in Ibadan were unhygienic and unsafe. Most of the wastes deposited were burnt to reduce the volume of waste generated. To ameliorate these environmental hazards, the study suggested that the government should embark on a habitual campaign on the dangers of haphazard waste disposal, provide good circulation in the core areas, ensure public participation in waste management, provide adequate funding for waste management, promote waste to wealth initiative and ensure constant enforcement for proper management that ensure liveability.