Daily Trust (Abuja)

Nigeria: Lagos Generates 10,000 Tonnes of Waste Daily - LAWMA

The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) evacuates 10,000 tonnes of refuse daily, its Managing Director Ola Oresanya said in Lagos yesterday.

Oresanya said in an interview that given the cosmopolitan nature of Lagos State, it was expected that large volumes of waste would be generated by the people regularly.

Oresanya identified indiscriminate dumping of refuse as a major challenge to the agency during the year.

"In Lagos we generate daily average of about 10,000 metric tonnes. And you know what 1,000 tonnes looks like; 1,000 tonnes will fill 100 trailers. The core challenge here is just the habit of the people. Lagosians still have this bad habit of still throwing wastes from their cars and still dumping wastes in unauthorised areas.

"Though the habit is reducing but it's a major one and we are addressing it," he said.

On the policy of commercial drivers having waste bins in their vehicles, Oresanya said that the idea had not really improved the hygiene of Lagos.

"Waste bin in vehicle, well, I don't see any relevance with that and public hygiene. To me, I don't see any relevance with that. If you have a waste bin in the bus and I am sitting at the back, do I want to throw waste from the head of the people there to throw in the bin?

"What we tell the transport workers is to make sure that when they get to their garage, they sweep their vehicles and we have bins in garages where they put these things. And if you have a car, you can put wastes in your carpet and once you get to where you are going, you clean it up," he said.

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