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The State of Solid Waste Management in Port Harcourt City, Nigeria

1Rivers State University, Port Harcourt

2Niger Delta University

American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2017, Vol. 5 No. 4, 160-166
DOI: 10.12691/ajcea-5-4-4
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Timiebi Rueben Binafeigha, Anthony Enwin. The State of Solid Waste Management in Port Harcourt City, Nigeria. American Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. 2017; 5(4):160-166. doi: 10.12691/ajcea-5-4-4.

Correspondence to: Timiebi  Rueben Binafeigha, Rivers State University, Port Harcourt. Email:


Although waste management is thought to be the organized and systematic channeling of waste through pathways to ensure that they are disposed of with attention to acceptable public health and environmental safeguards. Wastes management in Port Harcourt is far from the above definition as there are no proper techniques in place to ensure the orderly executions of the basic principles of waste management. Hence, garbage often litters the streets in some suburbs of the city. This paper examines the current waste management practice in Port Harcourt through personal observation and research materials from previous publications. It was found that, wastes are often burned or disposed of on landfills, open dumps and water bodies without prior treatment. The paper concluded by giving some recommendations which could improve the waste management situation of the city.