Waste Management : LAWMA CEO, Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (@muyiwag) Explains Bluebox Initiative

“The cleanliness is essential to conducting nano-scale research.” — George Adams

The Blue Box Program is a single stream recyclable collection program that will encourage separation of recyclable materials from the general waste at the point of generation. Recycling bags will be distributed to households by franchised recyclers for separation of recyclables. The bags would be collected on designated dates by the assigned recycler and transported to the sorting hubs within the area at designated days of the week. Respective recyclers who are franchise holders, would come to pick up the boxes. Colour-coded bags will be distributed by recyclers and Environmental volunteer corps who will educate and encourage participation and also collate data on field. The collected recyclables will then be transported to the Community Recycling Centre in that area, for further sorting and sale to off-takers.

As a way of encouraging compliance, LAWMA would promote the sorting culture with a reward system. Participatory households would accumulate coupons distributed by the franchisee which will be exchanged with several redeemable options, which include but not limited to reduction in amount paid for waste bills.

Distinguished guests, the process is already in the works and it is important to stress, that individuals/Recyclers who exhibit capacity to collect at LGs and LCDAs are expected to have a minimum of 5-ton or 10-ton truck for collection of recyclables from door steps, in addition to a sorting centre measuring a minimum of 1000 square kilometers in the area of operation. The state and local governments will partner to provide space for Community Recycling Centres.

The Community Recycling Centres will be a platform to harness the expertise of the scavengers, where we will re-orientate and reintegrate as resource managers, thereby allaying the negative impact of their means of livelihood. Many of our youth who are jobless will also find employment and livelihood at the Community Resource Centres.

We will engage respective communities and deploy massive public enlightenment and sensitization, to encourage public support and general compliance.

To ensure sustainability of the program, corporate organization would also be co-opted to support the program through introduction of reward system that would further encourage participation.

BENEFIT

? To capture about fifty (50) percent of recyclables upstream with zero tolerance for scavenging by June 2021.

? Attract Major investors, create green jobs and further strengthen the sector and reorientation of scavengers and integration as Resource Managers at the Community Recycling centers where their expertise will be needed.

? Reducing the negative impact on their means of livelihood.

? Encourage zero waste generation in the State and promote an healthier and cleaner environment.

? Reduce our carbon footprint.

? Increase economic security by tapping domestic source of material

This is envisaged as a new era, that will usher in the clean city and friendly environment, jobs and lots of business opportunities for all.

I welcome you all once again and I welcome you to the beginning of a new and Greater Lagos. Eko a Sanwa o

Dr. Olumuyiwa Gbadegesin

Managing Director/CEO LAWMA

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‘I’m Not A Shareholder In VisionScape,’ Says Tinubu As He Assures Synergy With Waste Managers

The National leader of the  All Progressives Congress, (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, denied the rumor  =that he was a shareholder in VisionScape, the foreign waste manager currently handling waste collection in Lagos State.

The former governor said this when members of the Association of Waste Manager of Nigeria, (AWAN) association paid him a visit at his residence in Ikoyi.

Admitting that the current administration has failed in the evacuation of wastes generated in the State, Asiwaju Tinubu promised to discuss the issue with Governor Akinwumi Ambode and Members  of the State Assembly.

Tinubu further assured members of the association that their jobs  would be restored to achieve a cleaner and healthier environment in Lagos State.

He also noted that that the partnership between private waste managers and the  Lagos State Waste Management Authority,  LAWMA, did not only ensure a cleaner and healthier environment, but it also created jobs for many residents.

In his remarks, the Vice Chairman of the Association, Mr. David Oriyomi assured Asiwaju Tinubu that the association would work round the clock to ensure a cleaner Lagos.

Mr. Oriyomi stated that if government could provide effective recycling facilities, the wastes generated across the State could be used to generate energy which would boost outputs in the industrial sector in the State.

Following the restructuring of LAWMA in 2016 under the  “Cleaner Lagos Initiative” members of AWAN were stopped from carting waste.

Their abrupt disengagements turned the State into one of the dirtiest in the country, a situation which the new firm has not been able to resolve

 

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LAWMA Locks Ikotun Residents In Their Homes Over Non Payment Of Bills

Officials of the Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) attached to Abaranje road, Custom bus stop, in Ikotun, locked homes of residents in the area for non-payment of their waste collection rates, denying them rights of entry and exit for almost 24 hours.

Decrying the action of the LAWMA officials, a landlord, who spoke on behalf of other affected houses and who pleaded for anonymity, queried the rationale behind the collection of the rates when residents hardly see the waste collectors come regularly to collect refuse.

The landlord said: “Nobody in this area is opposed to collection of rates by the government, but there should be justification for this. They don’t come regularly even when they are expected twice weekly.

“This year alone, my house has paid N18,000, yet they brought another N36,000 bill without reflecting the previous payment. It is not the money that matters, but accountability and satisfaction for services rendered.

“I don’t think this is how the government said they should carry out their duties. Something is wrong somewhere and this is overzealousness on the part of the officials. They are giving the government a bad image. That we live in Ikotun does not make us here inferior, because I don’t think they can just lock out residents of Ikoyi, Banana Island or Magodo for non-payment of rates,” he queried.

Another affected resident, Victor Obi, said: “There is need for government to curtail this inhuman treatment. Why would anybody lock out residents for any reason? We have not committed any crime and as such we don’t deserve this.”

He called on the Commissioner of Enviroment, Babatunde Adejare, to check activities of LAWMA in the area and make them operate with a human face, lamenting that many of the affected residents officials between N2,000 and N5,000 as penalty before their premises were unlocked.

When the agency was contacted, an officer who pleaded for anonymity said it was not true that their officials carried out the act as alleged. The officer, however, apologised to residents for the irregular services experienced, which is said is due to some reorganization in the waste management sector in the state.

Guardian

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