Managing Wastes on Construction Sites in Akure, Ondo State, Nigeria.

Sikiru Abiodun Ganiyu*, Olabode Ogunmakinde, Saidat Damola Oladokun

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This paper is aimed at providing an insight into the management of wastes on construction sites in Ondo State, Nigeria with a focus on Akure, the state capital. Nigeria being a developing country is experiencing an increase in the rate of construction projects in almost all the states of the country. As a result of the construction activities, huge wastes are generated on the construction sites with little or no proper waste management methods put in place. Effective waste management on construction sites is therefore an important factor in construction management. The study reviews construction waste materials, type of wastes and the method of collecting wastes on construction sites. It also discusses the method of sorting wastes and the various means of waste disposal. Data for the study were collected through a structured questionnaire administered to site architects, project managers, quantity surveyors, contractors and masons on construction sites. Mean Item Score and Percentile were used to analyze returned questionnaires. The findings revealed that, most wastes are generated during construction as a result of broken or shredded materials. It also revealed that, inexperience on the part of the masons is the major cause of material wastage on construction sites and that most construction sites in Akure depends on Ondo State Waste Management Authority for the removal of wastes on sites. The study in conclusion suggests efficient technical training for the masons and the revitalization of technical colleges in Ondo State and Nigeria as a whole. The study then makes a succinct recommendation on the need to minimize wastes and proper disposal of the wastes generated on construction sites.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication21st century human habitat: issues, sustainability and development : proceedings of the Joint International Conference (JIC) Akure, Nigeria : Monday 21 - Thursday 24 March, 2016
EditorsObas John Ebohon, Dorcas Ayeni, Charles O. Egbu, Felix Kayode Omole
Place of PublicationAkure
PublisherThe Joint International Conference Editorial Committee
ISBN (Print)978-1-898523-00-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


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