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Informal Sector Solid Waste Management and Community Poverty Reduction in Gwagwalada and Kuje Area Councils of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria


Informal sector solid waste management have been a contributed factor to aid poverty among the poor. The aims of this study are to examine the contribution of informal solid waste management to support communities in reduction of poverty. To achieve these, data was of Primary sources. Questionnaires were used as instrument of data collection administer through stratified random/systematic techniques. The population of the study were residential areas, market areas and industrial areas in the two area councils. Structural in-depth interview to selected informal solid waste operators were used as sources of data in which additional information were collected.  Slovin’s formula was used to determine the Sample size. Descriptive and inferential statistics were used to analyze data. Findings from the study reveal that: Solid waste management reduce dependency ratio of some people by about 3.860 times which is statistically significant (p<0.05). Based on the findings the study concludes that proper management of solid waste will create clean environment and alleviates extreme poverty by improving community livelihood, and reduce family dependency in the two area councils. The study recommends among others that government should develop household solid waste management and trade recycling to encourage community participation in solid waste management this will create income and employment in Gwagwalada and Kuje Area Councils.

Keywords: community poverty reduction, informal solid waste management

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