Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, has said the agency is ready to take the campaign for proper waste management to the door step of every Lagosian through its Adopt-A Bin project.
Mr. Odumboni stated this on Monday, when he received the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Mrs. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, to the LAWMA Simpson Tansfer Loading Station, Victoria Island, Lagos, for an inspection exercise.
In his address, the MD noted that one of the greatest challenges the agency has faced so far, is getting Lagosian to sort and containerise their waste.
With over two million households, less than 15% do proper containerisation, the MD stated.
However, with the Adopt-A-Bin Project, residents of the state will now have easy access to acquiring a bin with a very flexible payment plans.
“The goal is to get every household in Lagos to adopt at least a bin. However, the ideal is for each household to have two bins positioned, one for recyclables and the other for non recyclable wastes.
“The Adopt-A-Bin Project is part of Mr. Governor’s T.H.E.M.E agenda to have a Smart city. And we need to ensure that we improve in our innovations and to make sure that the turnaround time and the operating cost of our PSPs are looked at,” Odumboni said.
The LAWMA boss noted that the new set of bins have been designed in such a way that they can be tracked and monitored.
“Each of these bins aside the colour code for easy recognition, they also have QRS Code for tracking and monitoring. So, with this system in place, we are able to login and determine where attention is needed within the state. And the PSP are able to operate in a proactive way and respond to situations timely.
“Also, with this technology, households are able to contact LAWMA directly, whenever there is an issue. Not just the owner of the bin, anyone can scan the code and contact us whenever there is an issue with waste littering,” he added.
Commending the effort of the management of LAWMA in finding a lasting solution to waste sorting and litering in the state, Mrs. Sanwo-Olu said she was happy with what LAWMA is doing.
However, the agency has to adapt the project to fit properly with the low income earners in the state, she noted.
‘I want LAWMA to ensure that every Lagosian is considered in this project because we have the low income earners, we have people who live in one room apartments, we have the physically challenged also among us.
“So I want you to consider all of this because it’s important we adapt this project to the locality,” she said.