The Managing Director/CEO of Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni has appealed to residents and corporate bodies to join forces with the Authority to tackle the menace of plastic pollution in the state, by engaging in recycling.
Mr. Odumboni made this appeal during today’s “Morning Chats on Lagos Recycle”, which was streamed live online via the Zoom app, and enlightened the audience on the recycling initiative introduced by the Authority, aimed at combating the challenge of plastics.
Citing recent statistics, he said that Lagos State, with a population of 25 million residents, generates about 14,000 metric tonnes of wastes daily, out of which 3,500 metric tonnes are recyclables like plastics, bottles, and papers, and this if not properly checked posed serious dangers to the environment.
Odumboni noted that as part of the Lagos Recycle initiative, the Authority has set up recycling centers at strategic locations in the state, with the vision to have a recycling center per local government, which would serve as collation centers for recyclables, thus ensuring the minimization of wastes that end up at the dumpsites.
He said 400 aggregators were recently commissioned at Olusosun as part of measures to drive effective implementation of the Lagos Recycle program.
The LAWMA boss further informed that apart from making the state cleaner, healthier and livable, the Lagos Recycle initiative would help create jobs for the teeming youth population, who are interested in becoming entrepreneurs, with over 6,000 jobs to be created.
He said the Authority has also launched the PAKAM app, which will seamlessly connect all stakeholders; including residents, recyclers, waste aggregators, etc, and urged the populace to take advantage of the immense opportunities provided by the initiative.
For waste management-related inquiries and complaints in your area, please call LAWMA toll-free lines 07080601020 and 617.