The Lagos state government has said it is transiting from traditional waste management to conversion of waste materials to promote a cleaner environment, which will in turn promote good health and boost aesthetics.
Lagos state Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources Tunji Bello who spoke of the development on Thursday at the on-going inter-ministerial press briefing organised to mark the second anniversary of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration said the innovation is projected to generate 6,000 jobs in the state.
The commissioner explained that the state also plans to set up new dumpsites as existing dumpsites had overreached their holding capacities, prompting the switch to waste conversion to reduce the volume of waste being taken to the dumpsites.
Bello also stated that circular waste recycling would reduce the amount of waste generated and transported to landfills, revealing the Ministry had manufactured a recycling bank in its premises to aid waste conversion, adding that efforts were being made to establish recycling banks in Government-owned estates across the State.
He further disclosed that the State Government had reached an agreement with its Ogun State counterpart on the right-of-way for reticulation and laying of pipes for the network of Adiyan Phase II Water project. The process, he said, has paved the way for the commencement of laying of pipes for the project.
Bello added that in a bid to tackle waste management crisis, the government has rejuvenated the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to efficiently remove heaps of filth dotting the State and the agency has in turn increased the number of trips completed daily at landfill from 357 to 850 on the average.