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Journal of Scientific Research and Studies Vol. 4(12), pp. 373-384, December, 2017

ISSN 2375-8791

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Full Length Research Paper

Appraisal of solid waste collection systems in Bauchi metropolis

 

Bogoro A. G.

Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, Nigeria. E-mail: auduganibogoro@yahoo.com

 

Accepted 12 July, 2017

 

 Abstract

 

This research is mainly aimed at identifying the techniques used and the problems encountered in solid waste collection as a basis for suggesting more effective technique. Questionnaire, interview guide and observation methods were used to gather information from the sample population of the study area. Major findings revealed that though the area has up to 50% of the respondents educated to secondary level but their income level is generally low and the household size is high with teenagers dominating. About 30% of the respondents do not have storage facilities and those with storage facilities dispose of their refuse immediately it is gathered. Over 70.00% travel more than 100 m to the nearest collection centre. Also Bauchi State Environmental Protection agency is the only agency that evacuates solid waste generated in Bauchi metropolis and the collection centres are few which lead to emergence of unauthorized collection centres and large accumulation of uncollected solid waste. The research recommends that among other things, all households should possess storage facilities. A house-to-house collection method should be introduced in Government Residential Area (GRA), and Bauchi Local Government should resume evacuation of solid waste. Community effort should be integrated in the solid waste evacuation process and more collection centre should be provided.

Key words: Community, appraisal, solid waste, collection, environment.

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