Turning waste to treasure

Where do all the old stuff and waste we generate go? From the package boxes, used cloths, e-wastes, used water bottles and can, medical waste, worn-out vehicle parts, food waste, and so on,without a doubt, it all end up in one of the dumpsites due to the persistent linear economic model in the country.

Unfortunately, the current economic model involves “take, make, use and dispose of” which makes many of these used items end up in landfills and waste sites across the country. For a long time, our economy in Nigeria has been ‘linear’. This means that raw materials are used to make products, and after their life spans, become waste and all thrown away.

lagos Turning waste to treasure

In fact the largest open waste site in Africa is situated in Nigeria, in Olusosun, Ojota, Lagos State according to findings. Furthermore, with Nigeria’s growing population estimated at 203,000,000 the level and magnitude of waste generated annually is projected to go on the increase. However, considering there is no proper waste management system in the country, this is a cause for concern. It can be said that over 90 percent of waste is linearly handled annually in Nigeria. Empirical evidence supports this assertion, that most of the waste is indiscriminately dumped or burnt. Additionally, in the country, waste is considered to have no significant economic value, and this is the reason for the dumping and burning– which eventually pollutes, like the burning of heavy metals and toxic chemicals which affect the quality of air, water, and soil.

Towards a circular economy in Nigeria: Turning waste to treasure….LINK:

Circular economy in Nigeria

 

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