Waste management in an academic housing environment: A challenge to urban sustainability in Akure, Nigeria
Mary Adebola Ajayi
One of the pressing global issues is the sustainability of our urban areas. For a housing environment to be sustainable, the disposal of waste must be taken as a priority by home owners. This paper examined the typology of waste disposal in an academic housing environment in Akure using the housing neigh bour hood of the Federal University of Technology Akure. Stratified random sampling technique was used to reach occupants of housing units and close ended questionnaire was used to elicit needed information from them. Structured interview of appropriate official of Ondo State Waste Management Board, Akure was also done to examine the role of the state government in ensuring urban sustainability through good management of waste. Findings show that less than 10% patronized the Ondo State Waste Management Board, Akure which revealed that government efforts in ensuring a sustainable urban neighbourhood was inadequate. Recommendations included the need for a more efficient enforcement of sanitation laws, public awareness and surveillance on waste disposal and a more proactive strategy by the government at all levels to combat waste as the urban population grows especially in the academic environment.