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Adeyinka GC, Comparative assessment of heavy metal contamination of abandoned and active dumpsite of Osun waste management Ejigbo Road Osogbo Osun State Nigeria.pdf (3.51 MB)

Comparative assessment of heavy metal contamination of abandoned and active dumpsite of Osun waste management, Ejigbo Road, Osogbo, Osun State, Nigeria

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posted on 2022-01-04, 07:36 authored by Fatai Afolabi, Gbadebo Clement Adeyinka, Olaide Olawunmi Ajibola, Babatunde Femi Bakare
This study conducts a comparative assessment of two dumpsites (abandoned and active dumpsite) around Osogbo metropolis Osun State Nigeria. Ten selected heavy metals (HMs) such as arsenic, copper, cobalt, cadmium, chromium, iron, nickel, manganese, lead and zinc were determined. The soil samples were collected, at strategic points to revealed variation in samples. The concentrations of HMs were quantitatively determined using atomic absorption spectroscopy. The results indicated that all the HMs determined were found between below detection limit (bdl) to 0.611 mg/kg and bdl –0.880 mg/kg for abandoned and active dumpsites, respectively. The concentration factor and geo-accumulation intensity revealed no contamination to strong contamination and from uncontaminated to strong contamina?tion intensity, respectively. The concentrations for some of the HMs were below the tolerable recommendation level by National Environmental Standards and Regulation Enforcement Agency and Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization in soil samples. This study recommends periodic monitoring and that possi?ble decontamination of the dumpsite are crucial because these dump?sites were currently in use for crops cultivation such as maize, vegetable bananas, and some other arable plants. Also, HM concentra?tions in crops should be investigated and monitored at these dump?sites regularly in order to avert detrimental effects of HM pollution, which could manifest many years after exposure, as they are recalci?trant in the environment.

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