This is a personal account provided to WasteAid through our eyewitness campaign.

Please describe the waste situation where you live.

Household waste not properly collected, dumped indiscriminately on the street for disposal by State Waste Management Agencies.

No knowledge of various ways waste can be recycled to create wealth.

Do people have to take their waste somewhere or is it collected and taken away from people’s homes? Is it transported by hand, cart or motor vehicle?

There are few designated points in the city where people take their waste and dump.
Waste not collected or taken away from people’s home. Waste Management Agency in the state transport waste using motor vehicle (truck) to dump site.

How do most people deal with their waste? Are they generally happy with the situation or not? Why?

Waste not segregated or recycled. People dump their waste at state designated points for collection. People are not happy with the situation  of waste disposal in the city as the proximity from their homes to the collection points is not close.

The people that live around collection points are always at the receiving end as most times waste collected are not cleared and discarded from collection points to dump site in good time leaving people to live with waste smelling and littered everywhere.

Do you reduce your waste at home?

I do reduce waste at home by compressing especially paper and cans.  Have not been recycling waste actually.

Camillius Ekujere K.

WasteAid eyewitness Camillius Ekujere K. 

Are you aware of problems caused by waste where you live?

Risk to human health. Dirty environment and blockage of drainage systems as a result of indiscriminate disposal of plastics especially, water sachets and other plastic containers.
I am not happy with people’s attitude on waste disposal and wish this could change.

Are there any good things happening with waste that you would like to share?

Collection of plastic by very few for sale to earn very little money. No knowledge of recycling of waste to create wealth.

If you could make one change in how waste is managed, what would it be and why?

People’s perception and attitude towards waste management.

Who do you think is responsible for improving the waste situation?

Increased knowledge and better understanding of waste management

Imagine the year is 2030 and we are looking back at how humans solved the waste challenge. How did we do it? What do you think made the biggest impact?

Increased knowledge on waste management and creating wealth from waste.

Final comments:

Effective changes on good waste management practice can be sustained with continuous intervention, education/sensitization and provision of an inclusive platform on waste to wealth for engagement of young people.

Thank you Camillius, for becoming a WasteAid eyewitness.

 

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