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Informal waste management in Lagos is big business: policies need to support the trade

By Chidi Nzeadibe, Professor of Environmental Management & Sustainability., University of Nigeria
Chinedu Onyishi, Lecturer, University of Nigeria
Christian Ezeibe Ph.D, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, University of Nigeria
Gerald Ezirim, Senior Lecturer, political science, University of Nigeria
Peter Mbah, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Political Science, University of Nigeria
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The megacity of Lagos has an estimated population of 24 million. And it’s constantly growing, putting additional strain on a city that already has serious challenges. They include heavy traffic congestion, flooding, air pollution and solid waste generation.

The waste economy in Lagos is huge. It is well connected with the domestic formal economy and has also established links into trans-border trade with neighbouring…

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