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Cassava Waste Management and Biogas Generation Potential in Selected Local Government Areas in Ogun State, Nigeria

Department of Civil Engineering, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Ota 121101, Ogun State, Nigeria
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Recycling 2018, 3(4), 58; https://doi.org/10.3390/recycling3040058
Received: 5 September 2018 / Revised: 10 December 2018 / Accepted: 12 December 2018 / Published: 14 December 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Waste Management Practices in Developing Countries)
Agricultural products such as cassava produce huge amounts of waste when processed into consumable goods. The waste generated is generally considered to contribute largely to environmental pollution. This study therefore investigates the waste management practice that is adopted by cassava processors in Ogun State, Nigeria. Five local government areas (LGAs) dominant in processing cassava were selected for the study on the basis of spatial location distribution, landmass, and population. The survey involved the use of structured questionnaires administered to cassava processors of the selected LGAs. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (SPSS) software application and descriptive statistics were used for data analysis. Results of the analysis show that the majority (70%) of the cassava processors are females. Cassava peel constitutes 10% of the waste produced, of which 91% is heaped at refuse dumps in most communities. Results also reveal that 86.3% of cassava residues are used for animal feeds. Other findings show that the peels, when dried, are used as biofuel for cooking and there is a significant potential for biogas production. From the data captured from respondents during the study, most processors are willing to pay for an improved waste management system. The study therefore recommends the proper waste management of cassava waste to minimize environmental pollution. View Full-Text
Keywords: solid waste management; environmental pollution; agricultural waste; cassava waste; biogas generation; sustainable technology solid waste management; environmental pollution; agricultural waste; cassava waste; biogas generation; sustainable technology
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Olukanni, D.O.; Olatunji, T.O. Cassava Waste Management and Biogas Generation Potential in Selected Local Government Areas in Ogun State, Nigeria. Recycling 2018, 3, 58.

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