Oyo government, Mottainai to set up mini recycling hubs
In a bid to increase awareness of waste challenges and solutions, the Oyo State Solid Waste Management Consultant, Mottainai Recycling Ltd., says it is working on setting up mini recycling hubs across the state.
Its Managing Director, MrAdey Adewuyi, made this known in a statement on Monday in Ibadan.
Adewuyi said, “This will promote waste as a valuable currency for social good and economic inclusion.”
According to him, Oja Anajeere, Academy Market, Ibadan is one of the pilot locations, adding that the recycling hubs would encourage residents to adopt the habit of recycling and turn their waste into wealth.
He recalled that, in commemoration of the World Clean-up Day 2022, Mottainai Recycling Ltd., carried out the first state-wide clean-up exercise in Ibadan, recovering over 5,170 kilogrammes of plastics and 1,100 kilogrammes of cartons during the exercise.
“The clean-up exercise, first of its kind in Oyo State, promoted sensitisation and awareness at large on how a waste-free environment can maximise sales, prevent the outbreak of diseases, foster good health practices, and in turn generate wealth at Oja Anajere, Academy Community Market, at Iwo road,” he said.
Adewuyi explained that the initiative was borne out of the need to ensure that the state was clean.
According to him, this will enable people to inculcate better lifestyle changes toward the environment, because waste management is a collective responsibility.
“This is part of the Oyo State Government’s efforts to change the trajectory of sustainable waste management practices in Oyo state,” he said.
Explaining the significance of the recycling exercise, Adewuyi said: “This will create a mind-shift as individuals are able to sort their waste.
“Because they see value in it and this will surely change the dynamics for Recycling Structure in Oyo State.
“This necessitated the introduction of ‘Recyclables for Reward’ where participants were given instant rewards for recyclables such as PET and plastics and cartons.”
Highlight of the event was the “Recyclables for Rewards Raffle Draw”, when a thrift ware vendor in the market, Mrs Oguntade Nofisat, walked away with the grand prize of a parcel of land.