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Culture of Waste Handling

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Both First and Third World have high rising levels of waste accumulation in urban centres which challenges waste management in modern times. To waste managers in West Africa, waste management is synonymous with waste disposal. Chronic high population growth in West African urban centres resulting from rural-urban migration has reportedly been cited as the main reason for filth in a place like Lagos, Nigeria, for instance. This paper looked at waste handling in a rural community, Nchiraa, Ghana, before the intense mass rural-urban migration in Ghana began to ascertain the culture of waste handling that rural people might have carried with them to the urban centres. The paper concludes that social, economic and political activities within the community influenced waste handling significantly. Reasons leading to the promulgation of the Health Act (1848) of Britain are also briefly discussed.


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