#ET: Toxic Waste and Nigeria


Toxic waste are any waste materials that are harmful to humans, animals and plants when released into the environment. It is often the by-products of industrial or chemicals processes and can pollute air, land and water.

Kinds of Toxic Waste

1: Chemical, Biological and industrial processes such as radioactive waste, dioxin and asbestos.Toxic-Waste

2: Household toxic waste such as batteries, paints, unused medications, electronics.images

3: Agricultural waste such as chemicals in fertilizers and pesticides.

4: Heavy metals waste as lead, zinc.timthumb

History of Toxic waste in Nigeria

Toxic waste was first discovered in 1988 when drums of toxic materials were dumped at KOKO port in the then Bendel state by an Italian business outfit with active support of a poor ignorant villager named Sunday Nana for a peppercorn rent of five hundred naira (N500) monthly.

Health Effects of Toxic Waste

1: Toxic waste contains carcinogens and exposure to these through leakages in storage causes Cancer.

2: Toxic waste contains mercury which damages the Nervous system.

3: It causes birth defects for infants born near toxic dumps.

4: It leads to impaired hearing and vision.

5: It leads to sudden uncontrollable tightening of the muscles.

Management of Toxic Waste

1: Organic wastes can be destroyed by incineration of high temperatures.

2: There should be strict regulations on the disposal of toxic waste.

3: Household toxic wastes should be disposed off with caution.

4: Industries should break down chemical compounds into less dangerous form.


Having examined the health implications of toxic waste, it is obvious that it negates the popular saying that for every demerit there is merit. It has no usefulness.

It is high time those saddled with the responsibilities of protecting our environment leave up to their responsibilities.baner

To the general public and fellow corp members, we need to brace up and heed the clarion call of National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency (NESREA) by sensitizing the people around us about the danger of toxic waste. By so doing we will take our environment a better and safer place for us all.

Thank you.

Writer/FACEBOOK ID:  Ibekwe Ikechukwu


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