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Climate change: ‘Lagosians shouldn’t burn refuse’

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Climate change: ‘Lagosians shouldn’t burn refuse’

Residents of Lagos have been warned against burning of refuse in order to prevent the release of hazardous gases, which has serious implications on human health and environment. Chief Operating Officer of Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, Mr. Thomas Forgas, made this call in Lagos. He said it was not ideal for residents to burn and bury their refuse.

 

 

Rather, he urged that they should pack their waste and drop in designated waste collection points for prompt evacuation. He said: “It is healthy for people to pack their waste in bins.

 

There should be behavioral change to ensure proper disposal of waste. There is need for support in terms of engagement, advocacy and enforcement.” He pointed out that burning and burying waste had negative environmental issues, noting that such action always lead to release of hazardous climate changing gases such as carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.

 

Forgas gave assurance to residents that challenges of waste evacuation from Lagos metropolis and inner streets would soon be over, stressing that resolution had been reached with the Waste Collector Operators (WCOs) popularly known as PSP waste managers to work with them.

 

According to him, over 100 companies have joined Vissionscape in a dream to achieve cleaner, safer and livable Lagos. He stated that the company had distributed 15,000 waste bins to different locations in the state, waiting for additional 120,000 galvanised bins to complement the efforts. “We have distributed four million plastic bags and ready to distribute 10 million very soon. We got 131 vehicles for waste including trucks and tippers, and before the end of the year we will get 180 vehicles,” he said,” he said.

 

He said some of the challenges the firm was facing bordered on lack of accessibility into inner streets on Lagos Island, adding that it had, however, distributed containers in some designated spots and market places for refuse collection. He gave assurance that by Easter, residents would see the difference

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