Lagos to Establish 57 Recycling Hubs across State
By Dipo Omoware
Efforts are on-going by the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to work out a mechanism to convert waste into wealth which will, in turn, make for a cleaner and safer Lagos. To achieve this, Fifty Seven Recycling Hubs will be established in the state. These are the views shared by both outgoing and incoming Managing Directors and Chief Executive Officers of LAWMA, Mr Oladimeji Oresayan and Muyiwa Gbadegeshin. They made this known on 99.3 Nigeria Info’s programme, Morning Crossfire. According to Oresayan, the state government “sees waste as a resource and not just trash to be discarded.”
Before you give value to that waste, the first thing is to collect efficiently well,” Oresayan said. “Waste is a resource, you can convert to whatever you like but the first thing is to collect efficiently well. We are trying to push the efficiency level to something appreciable.”
For Oresanya, waste sorting and recycling will also help to end indiscriminate dumping of refuse in the state and create employment.
Meanwhile, speaking on plans the agency has towards effective waste collection, the incoming LAWMA boss, Gbadegesin said, “There is a master plan in place developed by the outgoing management for about 20 transfer loading stations and material recovery facilities throughout the city.”
“In addition to those locations, we are also going to establish recycling hubs in every community. We’ll start with at least 57 of those.”
“Before you add value to waste, the first thing is to collect it efficiently well. It’s only when it is collected properly that you can convert into anything,” Oresayan said.
Also on the show was incoming CEO of LAWMA, Dr Muyiwa Gbadegesin who shared plans the agency had towards effective waste collection.
“There is a master plan in place developed by the outgoing management for about 20 transfer loading stations and material recovery facilities throughout the city.”
“In addition to those locations, we are also going to establish recycling hubs in every community. We’ll start with at least 57 of those”
Gbadegesin insisted that Governor Babajide Sanwo-olu has the “political will” to make this initiative see the light of the day.
“I want to stress that there is a political will from the governor himself,” he noted. “It is a high priority that we establish these hubs.”
Dr Gbadegesin added that LAWMA “will distribute colour-coded bags to residents to sort their waste at source” and would partner with private recycling organisations and other end-users of recyclables within the framework of this new plan.
He also said the agency was going to “reduce the volume of waste going to the landfill by about 30% of what it is right now.”
“One of the things that we’re going to do more efficiently is separate our waste so that we reduce the amount that is going to the landfill sites,” he said.
Additional reports by Ufuoma Egbamuno