Abstract: The heaps of solid waste found along the streets of major cities in Nigeria are worrisome. Apart from aesthetic considerations, the waste heaps serve as breeding grounds for disease carriers like rodents and flies. This work looks at the functional elements in an ISWM (integrated solid waste management). A three-way approach for successful handling of the problem is suggested. Problems identified include inadequate enforcement of existing legislations, poor funding, lack of private participation, and poor facilities for proper waste management. The integrated model proposed emphasizes proper policy formulation as a preventive tool to waste generation, reuse and recycling of waste, decentralization and private sector participation in waste management activities, as well as reorientation of all stakeholders in the sector. With proper implementation by the federal and state governments, the aims for a hazard-free environment will be realized. The government was advised to introduce the concept of cleaner production and its benefits to industries.