Session 4

Building Sustainable Cities through Effective Urban Solid Waste Management
Remi Adeyemo
Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria

Half of the humanity already living in towns and cities. It is projected that in years two – thirds of us will be living in towns and cities. It is noted that increasing urbanization in West Africa sub region is causing dwindling resources and accelerating deterioration in the quality of life for those living in urban areas. Urbanization problems in Nigeria have reached serious dimensions in which cities like Lagos, Ibadan, Aba and Kano have become problem cities. The environmental problems created by population pressure in these cities and towns have reached critical levels
Urban solid waste constitutes one of the most immediate and serious environmental problem facing governments in West African sub region. The conventional municipal solid waste management approach based on collection and disposal has failed to provide efficient and effective services to all residents in many parts of the cities, street are partially or wholly blocked by solid waste, similarly open spaces, drain are clogged and market places are littered with solid waste. Waste generation and disposal are serious concern with imminent environmental proportion
Different stake holders have been involved in the urban cities waste management activities. This paper explores the participation of private and public in urban management practices The goal of the stake holders is to reduce to a minimum and possible converts the inevitable waste to economic good, The cities are facing challenges that need equally urgent and adequate responses from city dwellers, local and national authorities. Strategies for effective management will be formulated by the paper and will come up with policy implications for healthy and sustainable environment