Material recovery from recycling polyethylene an environmental pollutant in Nigeria. – E. C. Ukpong
This study investigates the environmental pollution caused by polyethylene (cellophane) material in Nigeria. Polyethylene was generated at two location: one at the market place and the other at home. Fifty respondents in the market were given two waste baskets each to determine the rate and type of cellophane generation and disposal. It was found that the dry season months of (November to March) are higher in the generation and disposal of this material than the wet season months of (April to October). Based on the type of cellophane, table water sachet topped the list followed by cellophane for assorted items, ice cream and biscuit wrappers in that order. Polyethylene generation was higher in the market than at home. Cheapness and availability are some of the reasons for constant patronage of cellophane. Indiscriminate polyethylene disposal has constituted environmental nuisance and degradation. For cleaner and sustainable environments, vigorous enlightenment campaign, proper collection techniques and recycling among others are recommended.