Socio-Demographic Characteristics Associated with Waste Disposal Behaviour Among Residents in Selected Communities of South-western, Nigeria
The study examined socio-demographic characteristics (gender, age, level of education and place of location) associated with waste disposal behaviour. This was with a view to assessing the roles played by these variables on waste disposal practices among residents in Southwestern, Nigeria. The study used primary data collected through a cross-sectional survey design. The study population comprised residents in Ife Central, Ibadan Northwest and Lagos Mainland LGAs in Southwestern, Nigeria. This study sample consisted of 1200 residents comprising 687 males and 513 females selected using a multi-stage sampling procedure. Their age ranged between 15 to 76 years with a mean age of 24.49 years (SD = 8.51). Two standardized psychological scales were used to collect data in the study. The Personal Information Questionnaire (PIQ) was used to collect information on the socio- demographic background of the participants while the Waste Disposal Behaviour Scale (WDBS) was used to collect data on the participants’ solid waste disposal practices. Data collected were analyzed using frequency counts, mean,
standard deviation and ANOVA. The result showed that there was no significant influence of gender on waste disposal behaviour (F = 0.028, p<.05). There was also no significant influence of age on waste disposal behaviour (F= 1.70 , p >.05). The results also showed that there was no influence of education on waste disposal behaviour (F = 1.54 , p >.05). The results showed that residents from Ibadan Northwest LGA reported better waste disposal behaviour (M= 54.80 ; SD = 8.34) than those residents in Lagos Mainland LGA (M =53.55 ; SD = 8.07) and Ife Central LGA. The study however, recommended that effective waste management system could be achieved through urban renewal programme as reported from the findings.
© Department of Geography, Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, Nigeria 2016