The problem of solid waste disposal in urban centres in developing countries is a major concern to governments; this problem become worrisome in Nigeria where the generation is always on the increase because of increase population pressure and some socio-economic factors. This study examines the influence of socio-economic factors on solid waste generation and disposal in Ibadan Metropolis, Nigeria. The objectives of the study are to identify the socio-economic characteristics of the people in the area, and the composition of solid waste generated, to identity the methods of disposal and relationship that exist between the socio-economic characteristics of the people and solid waste generation and disposal. Data for this study were obtained through the administration of questionnaires, direct interview and review of existing literature. The data obtained from the field was analyzed using frequency and correlation matrix. The findings show that the composition of waste generated in Ibadan Metropolis is a reflection of variation of socio-economic factors of the people. Also,the socio-economic factors such as income, age, education, occupation and building types have greater influence in the choice of methods of disposal in Ibadan Metropolis. The paper recommends the adoption of urban renewal strategy for the chaotic areas, provision of sizable fund by the government and environmental education to the people among others.
Keywords: Socio- economic Factors, Solid waste, Generation, Disposal, Ibadan metropolis