Journal of
Geography and Regional Planning

  • Abbreviation: J. Geogr. Reg. Plann.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2070-1845
  • DOI: 10.5897/JGRP
  • Start Year: 2008
  • Published Articles: 386

Full Length Research Paper

Landfill development and current practices in Lagos metropolis, Nigeria

  Olorunfemi, F. B.  
Social and Governance Policy Research Department, Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research, Ojoo, Ibadan, Nigeria.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 21 September 2011
  •  Published: 18 October 2011

Abstract

 

The disposal of solid wastes to land is the ultimate end-point for any waste management system. However, waste landfills should be set up and operated properly in order to minimise the risks posed to health and the environment. This review provides an insight into landfill operations and management in Lagos, Nigeria. Secondary data and in-situ observations at the landfill sites were used. Results show that landfills within Lagos metropolis are uncontrolled and do not conform to international standards of similar operations elsewhere in the world. This non-compliance result into a proliferation of insects and rodents which allows blowing of litter that causes bad odour and general environmental degradation. These negative impacts can only be minimized by pragmatic design and proper management of landfills within urban and peri-urban areas.

 

Key words: Waste management, landfills, leachates, environmental degradation, urban areas.