LAWMA CHARGES RESIDENTS ON CONTAINERIZATION OF WASTE DURING THIS RAINY SEASON 13 July, 2011 By Press Unit
An appeal has gone to residents of Lagos to ensure that their waste are properly contained during this rainy season to devoid the environment of more flooding.
This appeal was made by the Lagos Waste management Authority (LAWMA) during an on the spot assessment that was carried out after the recent heavy downpour.
The Authority disclosed that it is very important for residents to ensure that their waste are contained in nylons bags dumped in waste containers for easy evacuation by PSP Operators.
According to the Authority, waste not properly handled and dumped in un-authorized places like gutters, canals, drainages can lead to loss of properties and destroy valuables which could have been avoided if the containerization system of taking care of waste have been adopted.
Accordingly, residents have been enjoined to ensure proper storage of waste stressing that this is not the right time for waste to be misplaced, while assuring residents that all resources and manpower have been deployed to minimize the impact of the flood, stressing that the PSP Operators have been mandated to work round the clock so that the turn round time can be improved upon.
LAWMA therefore calls for patience and extra precaution and appeal to people to ensure that their waste are properly kept in containers in the confines of their houses till evacuation by the authorized agents.
The Authority seized the opportunity to reiterate the State ban on cart-pushers and warned that any defaulter will be dealt with, stressing that they are not an alternative to waste evacuation. Most of the anthropogenic causes of flooding in the State has been traced to the inappropriate act of the cart pushers. While commiserating with families who lost loved ones and properties to the flood, the Authority pledges to standby Lagosian during this season of need.
To allay the fears of residents they were enjoined to call the following numbers aside the Toll Free Line of 5577 for their waste management issues – 08023138576 and 08033205549.