Modelling the Key Factors Influencing Faecal Waste’s Circular Economy

Olapeju, Olasunkanmi Olusola and Majid, M. Rafee (2019) Modelling the Key Factors Influencing Faecal Waste’s Circular Economy. In: i-STEAMS International Conference, 2019, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, Kwara State, Nigeria.

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Strategies such as the adoption of punitive measures, subsidies provision and behavioural change tactics had not significantly improved the global scourge, with over 800 million people still defecating in the open. However, there is a consensus that the quest for open defecation eradication would become more effective through means that prompts households to invest in the construction and maintenance of sanitation facilities. One of such means is the leveraging on the reusability of faecal waste in encouraging households to be more selfishly prone to considering containment of their faeces a profitable venture. However, there is still a gap between the knowledge of faecal waste reuse and actual premiums placed on the resource by households owing to cultural, social, economic, environmental, technological, and awareness factors. Adopting a four-level multi-stage approach, a total of110, 100, and 120 questionnaires were respectively administered in Ogijo/Likosi, Ilaro I, andSodeke/Sale‐Ijeun I wards, making 330 altogether. The selected criteria reflect the variance in the populations of 1,250,435(33%), 1,112,761(30%), and 1,387,944(37%) for Ogun East, Ogun West and Ogun Central, respectively. The pooled confirmatory factor analysis process took the form of several re-estimations,based on the deletion of lowly loading factors and correlation of redundant items, validation of the model, assessment of normality,and full structural model analysis.The structural model established a significant positive relationship between Environmental/Health Factors of Faecal Waste Reusability (EV) and Reusability Factor(RF) (β=0.727, p<0.05), and similarly, Economic Factors of Faecal Waste Reusability (EC)and Reusability Factor (RF) (β=0.715, p<0.05). The study, among all others, recommends a more flexible household-led economic incentive approach to open defecation eradication, in line with the paradigm of the green and circular economy.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: T Technology > TD Environmental technology. Sanitary engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Geography
Depositing User: Mr Daniel Kumoye
Date Deposited: 21 Sep 2020 09:50
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2020 09:50

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