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International Journal Of Rural Development, Environment And Health Research(IJREH)

A Review of Scavenging as a Means of Environmental Management

Igwe P.U. , Anaje E.C. , Onyegbu C.U. , Ezechilue F.B. , Nwatu M.T.


International Journal of Rural Development, Environment and Health Research(IJREH), Vol-2,Issue-1, January - February 2018, Pages 10-17, 10.22161/ijreh.2.1.2

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Scavenging as a solid waste management option helps in the reduction of quantum of wastes at dumpsites and expands the life span of landfills. The objective of this paper is to conduct a review of previous works on scavenging as a means of environmental management. The method used is a review of academic/journal articles, internet materials, conference papers and publicly available materials on scavenging as a means of environmental management. Previous authors had a unity of opinion that scavengers recover reusable and recyclables materials (eg. plastics, papers, scraps metals, aluminium) which serve as sources of income for livelihoods. Recommendations of the study includes: (1) safety awareness and health education should be provided to reduce the occupational hazards the scavengers are exposed to in the course of their scavenging activities; (2) people should be made to see scavengers as partners in progress in environmental management which is a collective enterprise; and (3) grants should be given to scavengers to encourage them expand their business considering the role they play in waste management.

Environmental Management, Review, Recycling, Scavenging, Sustainability, Waste Management.

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