, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 87–92 | Cite as

Indigenous Waste Management Practices among the Ngwa of Southeastern Nigeria: Some Lessons and Policy Implications

  • C. Otutubikey IzugbaraEmail author
  • J. O. Umoh


Despite large investments that have gone into meeting the challenges of effective waste management in urban Nigeria, there is little evidence that such efforts are having their expected impacts. Consequently, much attention has been drawn to the need to evolve more sustainable waste management strategies. Drawing on data from in-depth interviews among the Ngwa of southeastern Nigeria, some useful indigenous solid and liquid waste management techniques, in the search for solutions to the current waste management crisis in urban Nigeria, have become evident. These indigenous techniques and practices, which include ingenious and careful waste segregation and sorting, selective burning and burying, composting and conversion, etc., offer scope for meeting the challenges and addressing the limitations of current waste management in urban areas, especially if they are supported by appropriate inputs from modern technology.


waste management indigenous techniques sustainable environmental use Ngwa Nigeria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Sociology & Anthropology, Faculty of Social SciencesUniversity of UyoUyoNigeria

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