Adeleke University, Egypt
BACKGROUND: Waste management is of crucial concern for public health. Inadequate solid waste management heightens the morbidity and mortality in various ways. In many developing countries, the development of waste management has not kept up with the rapid urbanization and growing consumption and has therefore grown to a big problem. The increasing difficulty in managing wastes in Nigeria has become one of the most intractable environmental issues.
OBJECTIVE: This study seeks to evaluate the solid waste management practices among residents Buari Ishola Isibo in Ede North Local Government Area, Osun State, Nigeria.
METHODOLOGY: A descriptive cross – sectional study was used and multi-stage random sampling method was employ in selecting 60 households of Buari Ishola Isibo in Ede North Local Government Area, Osun State, Nigeria. Questionnaire was used for data collection and data was analyzed using SPSS version 21. RESULTS: The age of the respondents were between 15 – 60 years and above. 29 (48.3%) were between 31 – 60 years old, 31 (52.0%) were males, 40 (66.7%) were married, 57 (95.0%) were Islam and Yoruba. 29 (48.3%) earned 10,000 – 30,000 monthly, 23 (38.3%) had secondary school education, 39 (65.0%) were traders and 27 (45.0%) have 6 – 10 households respectively. Of the 60 respondents, 28 (46.7%) collect their refuse in an open dustbin, 35 (58.3%) empty their dustbin into river/stream, 24 (40.0%) empty their dustbin twice a week. 47 (78.3%) had no communal refuse depot in their community, 35 (58.3%) uses river/stream as their predominant community refuse depot and 44 (73.3%) make use of open dumping as their main refuse disposal methods.
CONCLUSION: Inadequate solid waste management heightens the morbidity and mortality in various ways. Right solid waste management is prerequisite to aesthetic living conditions in any environment. Maintaining effective solid waste management practices in any community will help curbing the spread of infectious diseases causing organisms, environmental hazards and improve the standard of living. Keywords: Assessment, Solid, Waste, Management, Practices