The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), has launched 40,000 ‘talking bins’ under its Adopt-A-Bin Initiative.
The Initiative, which was officially commissioned on Wednesday by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, is said to be in-line with the administration’s T.H.E.M.E. mandate.
Also called smart bins, each of the bins have the ability to notify LAWMA and PSP Operators when it is filled and ready for immediate pick-up and waste disposal.
The technological advancement is also expected to increase the efficiency of the agency in its operations.
While the provisions of waste bins to tenements is not a new idea in Lagos State, the administration of Governor Sanwo-Olu through LAWMA has taken it a notch higher with the inclusion of technology in the design of these bins.
Briefing the press shortly before the commencement of the event, which took place at the Simpson Transfer Loading Station, Sura, Lagos Island, Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr.Ibrahim Odumboni stated that the idea behind the Adopt-A-Bin initiative is to ensure that the right thing is done the first time, which is the separation of waste from source and ccontainerisation of wastes.
“The one reason why you see people dumping off wastes indiscriminately is because more than 20% of the over 2million households in Lagos do not have a bin.
“So the Adopt-A-Bin initiative is to promote the idea of not just owning a bin, but also encourage the sorting from source and containerisation of wastes.
“Lagos is a smart city and these smart bins have been designed to tackle the modern waste management challenges. We now have a bin that is geo-fenced, geo-tagged and also can notify us of the level of the wastes in it. This would help us to plan our operations effectively in terms of our PSPs,” he said.
Encouraging all residents to embrace the initiative by adopting at least a bin, Mr. Odumboni described the process of adoption as simple and stress-free.
He said that the bins which have been colour-coded to aide easy identification, will ensure that household wastes, medical wastes, Industrial wastes and recyclables are easy to separate.
“Today we are rolling out 40,000 smart bins but we are looking at rolling out over half a million bins before the end of the year 2022. The process of adoption has been simplified in such a way that payments can be spread over several months. These bins are very affordable and long-lasting,” he added.
Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello represented the governor at the event..