LASG partners local councils for community waste recycling centres
To tackle refuse menace in the metropolis, the Lagos state government is partnering local councils for community recycling centres in a new waste recycling initiative.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Muyiwa Gbadegesin, who disclosed this at an event to announce the new waste management drive, said the community recycling centres will be a platform to harness the expertise of the scavengers, to re-orient and reintegrate them as resource managers, thereby allaying the negative impact of their means of livelihood.
The single stream recyclable collection programme, named the Blue Box programme, encourages separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation.
Gbadegesin stressed that many jobless youths will be employed at the resource centres, while the initiative will encourage zero waste generation in the state and promote healthier and cleaner environment as well as reduce carbon foot print and increase economic security by tapping domestic source of material.
He stressed that organizations will be co-opted to support the programme through the introduction of reward systems to encourage participation to ensure its sustainability.
The LAWMA boss noted that before now residents were used to the old-fashioned style of dumping all waste in one container, for eventual evacuation, stressing that this practice was outdated making the process of waste management more expensive and cumbersome, denying the government and people the revenue derivable from proper waste management system and preventing the government from achieving the wholesome and friendly environment it aspired to build.
He disclosed that the governor mandated LAWMA to come up with the idea of the Recycling Programme, that would encourage dropping trash into the appropriate boxes according to characterization, adding that the governor went a step further to facilitate production and donation of the bags being distributed.
Gbadegesin said as a way of encouraging compliance, LAWMA would promote the sorting culture with a reward system, saying that participatory households would accumulate coupons distributed by the franchisee which would be exchanged with several redeemable options, which included but not limited to reduction in amount paid for waste bills. He added that the benefits of the programme included capturing about 50 percent of recyclables upstream with zero tolerance for scavenging, attracting major investors, creating green jobs, re-orientating and re-integrating scavengers as resource managers in the scheme.