Knowledge, Perception and Solid Waste Management Practices among Residents of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government Area, Lagos State Nigeria

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DOI: 10.21522/TIJPH.2013.08.04.Art004

Authors : Oladejo John A, Amosu, A. M


The rapid generation of waste through households, industrial and commercial activities are a common challenge of all globalization. This study therefore examined the knowledge, perception and solid waste management practices among the residents of Oshodi-Isolo Local Government area, Lagos State, Nigeria.

The study employed a descriptive cross-sectional design. A Multi-stage sampling technique was used to select 600 respondents for the study. A validated semi-structured interviewer administered questionnaire was used for data collection from the residents. Descriptive and inferential statistics were conducted to give statistical responses to the research questions and hypotheses using SPSS version 23.

The mean age of respondents ‘was 38.28±12.48years. More than half (51%) of the respondents were male. The respondents’ level of knowledge about solid waste management measured on 11point rating scale revealed that the respondents had a mean of 8.3±2.1. The respondents’ perception measured on a 15-point rating scale showed a mean of 11.7404±2.56. The respondents’ solid waste management practice measured on a 11-point rating scale revealed a mean score of 4.61±1.91. Less than half (35.2%) of the respondents practiced good solid waste management. A significant relationship between respondents’ perception (r =0.16, p=0.00) and their solid waste disposal practice.

Although the residents had a high level of knowledge and positive attitude towards solid waste disposal, this does not translate to their practices as they had poor solid waste disposal practices. The study recommended that there should be education on laws regarding waste management and ensuring enforcement of the law by the government.


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