The management of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, under the leadership of Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni is set to launch its latest initiative, LAGOS RECYCLE.’
The initiative is a holistic Recycling Programme that is targeted at recovering recyclable materials from source to encourage circular economy in Lagos State and to hearten proper regulation of recycling activities in Lagos State.
Aside regulation of recycling activities, the Lagos Recycling programme is very strategic and intentional especially at this time where economic activities are dwindling and many are finding it difficult to cope financially as result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The initiative will address pressing issues of job creation within the community as well as create opportunities within the community such that people get value for the waste they generated.
Odumboni in a recent interview had stated that the just concluded audit of LAWMA process brought up some issues that needs urgent attention and that lots of work is currently ongoing to reposition the agency rightly.
“Why I approached the audit? The audit was not to witch hunt anybody, but to find out the various ways we can increase, improve our process. If we just stay the same way, then what is the point for a change? So you change to move forward and move to the next level and that is the reason why we did that,” Odumboni said
Odumboni said the just concluded audit process became necessary in other for the agency to move in the right direction.
To get Lagosians to fully commit and be involved in the Recycling process, LAWMA has commenced branding of Community Recycling Centre in different locations across Lagos State to ensure that recycling is taken to the people at the grass root in the State.
The centres will cater for the recyclables generated within the community.
Other objectives of the programme include:
—-Collect and pre-process/process recyclable materials that are generated within the community.
—–Reduce the volume of waste that goes to the landfill
——Recover clean materials for recycling purposes as the materials will be directly sorted from source within the community.
Odumboni said he is optimistic about this initiative and therefore called on all resident of the state to key into the ‘Lagos Recycle’ ‘Programme.
However, the LAWMA boss has called on those who are still practicing improper waste disposal method to shun such act and cultivate the habit of sorting waste from the source. He said the Lagos Recycle initiative is a waste to wealth initiative, which upon full support and compliance from residents will generate financial benefit for the communities.
Other rebranded community Recycling centres include, Green Janitors located at Azeez Asade Close along Whispering Palms, Iworo Badagry. Their contact number is 07062031703.
Also rebranded is D’monte Green located st Ikosi Isheri and their contact number is 08023441530. And Wecycler Nigeria Limited located at no 33/35 Recycling Village Ayodele Street Off Afolabi Dada, Itire-Ikate, Surulere with contact number 08060368775.
The creation and branding of community recycling centres is expected to be continue until it cut across the 57LCDAs in the State.