Patronage Pattern of Informal Waste Collectors in Ibadan, Nigeria
The high rate of waste generation in Ibadan and the inability of the government to ensure total collection have resulted in limiting waste collection service to high and middle income residential areas of the city, thereby neglecting the low income neighbourhoods. The gap in municipal waste collection services has consequently led to patronage of informal waste collectors by residents of the low income areas. This paper therefore examined the nature of patronage of informal waste collectors in the city of Ibadan, Nigeria. A total of 1060 structured questionnaires were administered on purposively selected residents in the five municipal local government areas of Ibadan. Descriptive statistics and Pearson correlation analysis were used to show the nature and effects of patronage of informal waste collectors on solid waste management. The study established that availability of informal waste collectors, reduction in waste storage time and low collection cost were the major motives for regular patronage of informal waste collectors. The result of Pearson correlation analysis confirmed the hypothesis that availability of informal waste collectors facilitates prompt disposal of waste. The study concluded that based on the vehicular accessibility problem of the high density neighbourhoods coupled with the dwindling resources available to the government, reliance on informal waste collectors will persist for a long period of time. Therefore, effective partnership between the government and informal waste collectors was recommended.
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