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Visionscape unveils $50m trucks for Lagos waste management




Relief has finally come the way of Lagos residents as Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, the concessionaire of waste management company under the Lagos Cleaner Initiative (CLI), has received $50million consignment of a brand new 100 vehicle for waste management fleet in the metropolis.
The vehicles, embedded with cutting-edge technology, consists of a series of waste trucks, from various rear end loaders to operational vehicles.
Conducting journalists on the tour of the modernized Transfer Loading Station (TLS) on Lagos Island on Wednesday , Chief Operating Officer (COO), Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, Mr. Thomas Forgacs, said the company has set for operations of waste collection and management across the state, starting from Agege this week.
Besides, he said: “We want to deploy in two months 20,000 galvanized bins, and we are starting with 3,000 bins this week.”
Forgacs hinted that the company has commenced renovation of other transfer loading stations across Lagos State in Agege and Oshodi, in order to provide integrated waste management solutions for the treatment of municipal solid waste and wastewater under CLI
Transfer Loading Stations are processing facilities usually located within city limits, where waste collection vehicles temporarily deposit collected waste from their servicing areas to be transported in bulk to the landfills after processing.
Visionscape is expected to manage the processing and transfer to the landfills across the state. The Tapa TLS is the first to be completed. The facilities are expected to receive approximately 6,700 tons of waste a day. Each TLS include features such as weighbridges, disposal depot points and maintenance bays, housing hundreds of vehicles.
With these innovations, Forgacs said the company has commenced the next phase of it contract for CLI.
The CLI was established to address, enforce and regulate the challenges in the solid waste management systems within Lagos State. The initiative is focused on improving the environment to make it cleaner, safer and healthier for all Lagos State residents, as well as developing operational efficiency.
Visionscape is currently in a public-private partnership with the Lagos State Government, set to provide management services for the CLI, under the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
Forgacs said the arrival of the trucks were addition to the waste management fleet which is in line with the company’s commitment to provide integrated waste management services, using state-of-the-art equipment and innovative solutions to help transform megacities.
Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Environment, Lagos State, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye, said the state government in conjunction with Vissionscape would deploy 500 trucks as a target for Lagos.
He said: “We are displaying what we have received now and more are still coming. The policy has been formulated, facilities are now coming in and personalities are being engaged.
“Lagos state is trying to actualized the degree of ensuring that people live a healthier and secured live, create means of livelihood and opportunity of engagement for people.”
On waste bill, the permanent secretary said that Public Utility Levy would take off immediately Visioncsape commences its full activities by parking waste from the road.
Speaking on the modality of fee, he hinted that tenement occupying 0-700 square metres(sqm) of space will pay fairly low fee, while those from 700 to 1000 sqm would pay more, adding that people occupying 1000 to 1500 sqm would pay highest.
Forgacs said: “As a pioneer in environmental solutions, the Visionscape trucks are fully equipped and embedded with cutting-edge features, which includes a Global Positioning System (GPS), radio-frequency identification (RFID), and automotive Controller Area Network (CAN bus) system.
“These innovative features are designed to meet the operational needs facing waste management across the state. Using these methods, Visionscape will be able to monitor and track the state’s waste collection process thoroughly, ensuring the trucks are deployed for effective waste collection within Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and Local Government Areas (LGAs). In the last six months, he said the organization has surveyed all of Lagos State and collated vital data to aid operations, “adding, “we, therefore, understand population density of the communities and areas that will be serviced, even up to the number of streets and households across the state.”

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