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Third world countries, Nigeria in particular have become a dumping ground for end-of-use technologies and equipment from the developed world. Although the country is oil rich, it suffers from energy deprivation with erratic power/ fuel supply. The country relies on exports of its resources for foreign exchange thereby depriving local businesses the raw materials required for industrial development. Kaduna is an emerging city undergoing rapid urbanization. Degradable and combustible solid wastes, metal scraps and plastics can be separated at source and use as raw materials for local industries. The current strategy and infrastructure for solid waste management are grossly inadequate. The challenge therefore is to develop a sustainable strategy for optimized energy generation and resource recovery from the deprived slums to the affluent districts of the metropolis. This paper reviewed challenges of current strategies and proposed an integrated sustainable solid waste approach for the city. The community based approach emphasizes separation of waste at source and involved the use of anaerobic digestion and incineration for energy generation with the residues used as soil fertilizer. Central to the proposed strategy is the recycling market and the informal waste collectors. The informal sector can move up the waste hierarchy and optimize the value of end-of-waste resources while the recycling market is the place to recover value from various waste products. The strategy encourages integration and will eliminate the need for waste contractors, landfills or waste dumps.