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Govt recycles tonnes of campaign posters



Buhari and Jonathan posters

Tonnes of campaign posters recovered from the Lagos metropolis are currently being recycled into fresh papers. The task, now undertaken by the Lagos State Signage and Advertisement Agency (LASAA) and Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), was in line with eco-friendly means of disposing of posters.

LASAA Managing Director, George Noah, said the recycling would assist the agency in its cleanup exercise, as it strives to rid the state of an estimated 1.5 million posters used during the just concluded political campaigns.

Underlining some of the benefits recycling the posters would have on the environment, Noah said recycling paper waste conserves natural resources, saves energy, cuts greenhouse gas emissions and keeps landfill space free for other forms of waste that can’t be recycled.

Shedding light on the process involved in recycling paper waste, LAWMA, in a statement, explained: “The bulk of paper collected from our landfills or recycling banks are sorted and graded at our Paper Bailing Section at Olushosun dumpsite, in Ojota, Lagos and processed at Jebba Paper Mill.”

At the paper mill, the paper is added to water and then turned into pulp. It is then screened, cleaned and de-inked through a number of processes until it’s suitable for manufacturing into a new paper product.

It will be recalled that LASAA recently began a clean up exercise, culminating in the removal of campaign posters used for the recently concluded general elections.

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