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Journal of Environment and Waste Management

Environmental policy implications of packaging waste disposal practices in Nigerian food sector

Oladepo Olalere W,  Taiwo Kehinde A, and Ilori Matthew O      

African Institute for Science Policy and Innovation

Department of Food Science and Technology, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria.

Accepted 10 January, 2015.

Citation: Oladepo OW, Taiwo KA, Ilori MO (2015). Environmental policy implications of packaging waste disposal practices in Nigerian food sector. Journal of Environment and Waste Management 2(1): 039-046.

Copyright: © 2014. Oladepo et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are cited.

The study was conducted to assess the practices and technologies of disposing packaging wastes generated within and outside food processing firms. Data were collected using a structured questionnaire that was administered to 40 randomly selected food processing firms in Oyo and Lagos State of Nigeria. Data were also collected through key formant interview and participant observation. Data obtained were analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS) version 16. Results showed that packaging materials of various types, design and volume were used by the firms studied, most of which get accumulated in the municipality due to eat and throw habit of the users. More than 62% of the firms used polyethylene/plastic packaging materials which have high implication for environmental pollution. A minimal percentage of between 1-5% of the packaging materials used became waste at the end of the production processes. In selecting packaging materials, product attractiveness ranked highest (4.05 ± 0.29) with little consideration for package disposal, biological degradability and environmental consideration. A large number of the food firms (94.6%) manage wastes generated within their premises mostly through burning / bury and are not responsible for waste generated by their products in the municipality.           

Keywords: Food-firms, packaging-waste, disposal, environment, policy.