Operators’ perceptions of abattoir waste management: evidence from a semi-urban Nigerian city
This study appraises abattoir operators’ perceptions of waste management at Ijebu Igbo Abattoir in Ogun State, Nigeria. Random sampling technique was used to collect primary data from 127 abattoir operators and data obtained were complemented with field observation. Data were analysed using both descriptive and inferential statistics. Major findings reveal that abattoir operation is male-dominated (57%) with considerable youth involvement. Findings also reveal that current waste management practices at the abattoir were unsatisfactory. It was found out that recycling of abattoir waste is yet to be fully harnessed despite the existing potentials. Chi-square (χ2) tested result established a statistically significant relationship between abattoir operators’ socio-demographic characteristics and their perceptions of waste collection effectiveness. Finally, the study presents suggestions for sustainable abattoir waste management at the Ijebu Igbo Abattoir and facilities with similar attributes.
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