Urban population growth and increased electronic consumption: an assessment of electronic waste management system in Lagos, Nigeria

Peter O. Adeyeye, Centre for Public Policy Alternatives

Background: Electronic waste (e-waste) comprises of waste electronics and electrical goods that have reached their end of life. Nigeria e-waste is the highest in West Africa. Improper management have dire consequences on human health and the environment. The study sought to map the current chain of e-waste management in Lagos city with the aim of informing best practices. Data and Method: The study adopted a qualitative methodology using IDI’s and KII’s. The result was analysed through thematic content analysis. Results: The thrust of e-waste management is done by the informal sector and most of their activities are harmful. There are no data available about the sector and no policy currently guides e-waste management. Formal management is done by the state government through a Public private partnership (PPP), yet, their activities has been minimal. Findings showed need for increased attention in this sector.

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Presented in Poster Session 4