The Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, in partnership with Enyo Retail & Supply Limited, a downstream oil and gas firm, has begun the distribution of blue bins to all Enyo service stations across the state, where residents can drop their recyclable waste.
According to LAWMA, the collaboration is aimed to further strengthen its Greater Lagos Initiative called the ‘Blue Box Program,’ a single stream recyclable collection program that will encourage the separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation.
Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu launched the Blue Box Initiative on September 5, 2019 and in his determination to deliver in line with his T.H.E.M.E.S pillars of governance agenda, expressed his administration’s readiness to collaborate and partner private sector stakeholders.
So, when the management of Enyo Retail & Supply Limited approached the state government and expressed their interest to partner her on its Blue Box Recycling Initiative, a partnership aimed at promoting waste sorting from generation, it was instantly welcomed.
Speaking with WESTERN POST Correspondent, Mrs. Jirinsola Ladipo-Okubanjo, Head of Recycling, LAWMA, who also supervises the distribution of the blue bins, said with this partnership, the Blue Box program would gain a wider coverage.
“I am really excited at this collaboration with the management of Enyo Retail & Supply Limited, it will definitely go a long way for us. When they approached the government and expressed their interest in working with us, we knew this is a step in the right direction.
“And as part of their commitment, the Management of Enyo eagerly volunteered their retail outlets including all its thirty filling stations scattered across the state as drop off centres for the re-cycle collection box ‘blue box’.”
Ladipo-Okubanjo said such partnership would consolidate the efforts of the Managing Director of LAWMA, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, in ensuring that all residents of the state key into the initiative.
“With the directive of our MD, we commenced the distributions of the Blue Bins from March 31st and we will continue till we have finish distributions to all Enyo stations in Lagos.
“We have dropped off at the following stations: Sangotedo, Ibeju-Lekki, Olowo Eko, Lakowe and Owode-Onirin, Igando Liasu Rd, Ogunsheye, Ikola-Ipaja. In addition to the waste bin, we are also distributing 2 units of the 1,100L bins and purple bags in each station, the purple bags will be distributed to customers.
“Also, we have 20 Recyclers assigned to different locations in the state and do not have enough coverage yet. In terms of recyclers, the intention is to have over 100 recyclers with 2 in each LG/LCDA.
“Our partner, Enyo, have service stations located as far as Epe, Badagry outskirts where people usually complain that they do not enjoy govt. interventions or programs so the partnership with Enyo will provide a platform to engage with such far reached areas,” Ladipo-Okubanjo said.
She expressed LAWMA’s readiness to give out incentives to residents to encourage them to make use of the recycle boxes by developing the attitude of waste-sorting at point of generation.
Some of the incentives that will come with participation is an opportunity to buy fuel from points accumulated from sorting and dropping off the bags at the filing stations, she noted.
The Lagos State authority says it is working on expanding this distribution to eateries, malls and other public space where people readily have access to.
It is believed that 50 percent of wastes generated in the state could be recycled to generate income for the populace, which is in line with Gov. Sanwo-Olu’s wealth-to-waste agenda for the state.