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Our Focus is to have a ‘Consistently Cleaner Lagos’- Odumboni, Acting MD LAWMA

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The Acting Managing Director of the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, Thursday, said the agency is not relenting on its duties of making sure that all nooks and crannies of the state is cleaned, given that the task of sustaining a cleaner Lagos is a huge one.

Odumboni made this disclosure at his maiden press briefing, where he highlighted several waste management strategies that would be adopted in order to achieve the greater Lagos dream for all.

Odumboni said LAWMA would focus on a “consistently cleaner Lagos” through decisions that would ensure sustainability, like sorting and recycling of waste close to the point of generation.

And to achieve that, the LAWMA boss revealed ongoing plans to increase its solid waste evacuation from tenements and commercial facilities to approved dumpsites from 500 trips daily to 850, to enable it cope with over 12,000 metric tonnes of waste generated daily in the state.

He explained that every household would be encouraged to adopt the use of waste bins and that each of the 57 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in the state would have two recycling points.

Once waste was recycled at these points, he said it would reduce pressure on various dump/landfill sites, and consequently lesser impact on the environment, as well as to create employment and wealth for the youths.

He welcomed more people interested in undertaking recycling, as there were only 20 recyclers in the 57 LCDAs, and urged their chairmen to provide spaces for recycling.

The authority, he said, was embarking on the use of minimum standards by its stakeholders, particularly the Private Sector Participants (PSP) in waste management that are being trained, and advised to use smaller vehicles to access inner streets.

He advised tenements to register with designated PSPs and to pay on time, as well as give feedback to the operators to enable them perform better.

 

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