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Lagos urged to upscale waste collection operations

 

In order to solve the problem of municipal solid waste management in the Lagos metropolis, the state government has been urged to upscale initial waste collection operations.

Besides, the state authority was tasked on the need to embark on full restoration of door-to-door waste collection system.

According to the Managing Director, Macpresse West Africa Limited, Mr. Idowu Salawu, door-to-door collection of waste from household level remained the international best practice for Lagos and other state governments in the federation.

Salawu, who is the guest speaker at the World Habitat Day ‘s celebration themed: “Municipal Solid Waste Management”, organised by the Lagos State Government, added that there was need for the authority to put in place effective enforcement through proper advocacy and establishment of proper Transfer Loading Stations (TLSs) with equipment for waste recovery and recycling.

Picking holes in the current Cleaner Lagos Initiative, which has generated a lot of controversies between residents and Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, Salawu said it would have been better for the state government to upscale the initial waste collection plan of previous administration rather than introducing CLI, which hinged on re-engineering the process.

Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, said the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), which he described as “a laudable concept” met some constraints in the process of implementation. Some constraints identified, he said required periodic review.

He said: “I wish to assure you that the state government is not relenting in her efforts to address the issues in the best interest of the citizenry of the state.

“It is expedient to reiterate at this juncture, that the best possible methods of managing solid waste are to reuse, reduce and recycle them, thus the waste-to-wealth programmes are of uttermost importance in the state.”

He noted that one of the challenges faced in the world was pursuit of a clean and sustainable environment in order to break the cycle of diseases and promote good health.

According to him, his government, through the “Cleaner Lagos Initiative”, has been encouraging people to adopt the collective responsibility of caring for the environment and ensuring its livability and sustainability.

Lagos State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Rotimi Ogunleye, noted that Lagos as a Mega City generated an average of 0.115kilogramme of waste daily. Due to this, he said the state would require huge funds to be earmarked for domestic waste management to provide necessary facilities for operators engaged in collection and disposal of domestic waste.

 

Salawu pointed out that sorting waste into plastic, glass and so on, at the household level has become an option the Lagos State government should explore.

 

“The waste management system is a chain. There are components linked to several chains and in that case, if not properly handled can never work. The best way to start is from the household and the family level,” he stated.

 

The guest speaker called for urgent upgrade of dumpsites in the state and building of new sanitary landfills.

He added that there was need to establish material recovery facility services centres, while moving away from burying waste to recycling and reusing.

 

While calling for more functional TLS, he stated that presently, Visionscape has monopolized the three functional TLSs in the state.

 

Through the discussion, Ogunleye said ideas and suggestions generated would further assist government in tackling its solid waste management.

 

He said, “Good policies are sacrosanct but it is in the area of implementation that we need to make a difference. Therefore, all of us as managers must ensure that policies are strictly implemented and adhered to.

 

“We need attitudinal change and resolve to move towards zero waste economy whereby output of each resource is converted into input for a better use.”

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  1. carlosmaria

    October 15, 2018 at 5:13 pm

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