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Waste management is a big issue in Nigeria. Every day, thousands of tons of waste are generated from homes, businesses, and on the go, by individuals and groups of people all over the country. Unfortunately, the capacity to adequately deal with the massive amounts of waste produced by a wide range of activities and processes is poorly distributed, and in many cases, totally absent. The waste management sector in Nigeria is still largely composed of micro-scale operators rendering fragmented services below standards of basic hygiene and professionalism.

Waste Matters Nigeria Limited brings an encompassing approach to waste management and environmental maintenance in general. Incorporated in 1998, Waste Matters offers an array of solutions suiting a vast spectrum of environmental concerns- waste and drainage management, monitoring, testing and analysis of oil and raw materials, confidential/sensitive open destruction services, pest control and fumigation, as well as training, mobilization and orientation for environmental maintenance and waste management purposes. The company says its vision is to ensure a healthy environment through effective waste management and sanitation; it strives to achieve this aim by rendering its services through current and sustainable methods.

Operations carried out by Waste Matters include the evacuation and disposal of solid and liquid waste, designing, constructing and installing waste management equipment and facilities, preparing waste management plans, recycling and reductions, and management facility maintenance. Services provided by them include environmental impact analysis, groundwater, rainwater, sludge and drill waste monitoring and analysis, as well as post impact assessment. They also conduct air quality tests, supply personal protective equipment, cleaning, gardening and horticultural services.

Beyond the on-field task of taking on Nigeria’s enormous waste challenge, Waste Matters also trains and mobilizes people through public education and enlightenment campaigns, organizing workshops and seminars, providing community information services and conducting socio-economic surveys. This aligns with its stated mission to “create and cultivate an effective waste management and sanitation culture at all times”.

Waste Matters presents a multi-dimensional approach to dealing with environmental and waste handling issues. In the final analysis, Nigeria’s environmental concerns could be better dealt with by the diverse measures this company adopts.

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This article was first published on 25th October 2016 and updated on January 30th, 2017 at 11:30 am


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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