ASSESSMENT OF SOLID WASTE DISPOSAL PRACTICE AMONG NEIGHBOURHOOD IN ENUGU URBAN
One of the major problems confronting Enugu urban today is poor solid waste disposal practice. In spite of the efforts made by the government to address the problem, there has been no remarkable solution. This study centered on the assessment of solid waste disposal practice among neighbourhood in the study area. The aim of this study was designed to (1) Examine the methods of solid waste disposal and management practice among neighbourhood. (2) To investigate the frequency of solid waste collection by the Authority responsible for it. (3) To determine the number of solid waste dumpsters in the study area. (4) To find out problems of solid waste disposal practice among neighbourhood. In order to effectively carryout the project, four research questions and four hypothesis were postulated. Primary and secondary data were collected to give substance to the work. Again, sample size of 400 households in six neighbourhoods was used while stratified random sampling techniques were used in administering questionnaires to the neighborhoods. The distribution sample was obtained by using the Yamani’s formular of 5% allowable error. Data collected were presented inform of tables. Hypothesis one to four was tested by using ANOVA. The research findings revealed that solid waste disposal and management practice differs among neighborhood to another p = 0.000 which is less than critical value of 0.01. Hence, the result show a significant difference of solid waste disposal method and management practice among the neighbourhood of the study area. The difference of solid waste collection by the Authority responsible differs among different neighbourhood of the study area p = 0.000 is less than critical value 0.01. Hence, the result showed a significant difference in the frequency of solid waste collection by Authority responsible among different study locations. Number of solid waste dumpsters among neigbhourhood in the study areas were significantly different p =0.00; Hence, the result p = 0.000 in this study is less than critical value 0.01. the problems of solid waste disposal practice differ among neighbourhood were significantly different p 0.000; Hence, result in this study is less than critical value 0.01. Based on the findings, the following recommendations were made to improve on solid waste disposal practice among neighbourhood in Enugu urban. (1) The authority should provide more dumpsters that will meet the volume of solid waste being generated by neighbourhood. (2) Creating awareness and enlightenment to individuals in each neighbourhood on the right methods of solid waste disposal. (3)The authority should dispose solid waste at least twice a week in every part of Enugu urban, and also efforts should made to recycle some of these waste products.