The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) is the first waste management outfit
in West Africa. It started as Lagos State Refuse Disposal Board (LSRDB) in Nigeria, under Edict 9
of 1977. In 1981, its name was changed to Lagos State Waste Disposal Board (LSWDB) because
of the added responsibilities for industrial-commercial waste collection and disposal, drain
clearing and disposal of derelict / scrapped vehicles. In December 1991, its current name, the
Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) was christened under Edict No. 55, which
made the agency to be responsible for the collection and disposal of municipal and industrial
waste. LAWMA is government’s cutting edge response to the need to create a clean and green
Lagos State. Within the last few years Lagos State has metamorphosed into one of the cleanest
cities in Nigeria.