Monthly Analysis of the Quantity and Composition of Solid Waste Generation in the Food Vendor Stalls of the Market Area of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria (Published)
The study investigated the monthly quantity and composition of solid waste generated in the food vendor stalls of the market area of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. The data for the study were obtained through measurement of solid waste generated over a period of a week in every twelve months of the year. Selection of shops was through systematic random sampling method of one out of every 20th food vendor. Data collected were analysed using descriptive statistical method. The study showed that the quantity of waste generated during the months that fall into raining season were higher than the productions in the months of the dry season. The highest daily average for the year and highest daily per capita (0.21kg) were produced in August. The least value of 0.09kg daily per capita was produced in March. Organic waste accounted for 76.5% of the total waste generated in the food vendor stalls while in-organic was 23.5%. The study concluded that the quantity of solid waste generated in the food vendor stall of OAU market varied with the variation in season of the year.
Keywords: Market, food vendors, per capita, solid waste generation, stalls