Incoming Lagos governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu will solve 50 per cent of environmental challenges facing the state by overhauling the waste collection and disposal system.

A former Chairman, Nigerian Environmental Society (NES), Lagos Island Chapter, Mr John Ekoko, made this known on Thursday, May 14.

Ekoko disclosed that about eight million tonnes of waste were generated daily in Lagos.

He described waste as “silent gold” that can generate wealth for a lot of Lagosians.

He said that overhauling the waste collection and disposal system would take waste off the streets and address the challenges of blocked drainages and challenges across the state.

According to him, “Waste is at the centre of major environmental problems in Lagos state.

“So, environmentalists expect that Lagos State under Sanwo-Olu should be cleaned up.

“He should explore the contents of Waste-to-Wealth technology as it is a labour intensive project, to drive employment.

“Many people can be engaged and all that will be needed is to segregate the waste from households and areas where waste are generated.

“This will ensure that each group of waste, such as rubber, plastics, electronics, food materials, nylons, paper wrappers and nylon wrappers are disposed off separately.

“This way, each group of waste is collected and taken straight to recycling plants instead of dump sites or landfills.”

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