The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) says most of the waste clogging drainage channels and causing flooding in the state are recyclable.
The agency disclosed this in a Sunday, July 21 statement, urging Lagosians to start thinking of making money from such waste instead of dumping them in canals and other drainage channels.
The statement signed by the LAWMA’s Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Mrs Folashade Kadiri came just as the agency embarked on clearing of canal at Adeniji Adele Road in Lagos Island Local Government Area of the state.
According to the statement, the exercise was pursuant to the executive order recently signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on zero tolerance for reckless waste disposal.
“We embarked on this clearing exercise to pave way for a cleaner and healthier Lagos and to show the State Government’s total commitment to environmental sustainability,” Kadiri said.
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”This exercise will allow free flow of water and help mitigate flooding.
”We, however, observed that most of the waste cleared from the canal are recyclable materials.
”We will appreciate it if residents start thinking of making money from their recyclable waste instead of dumping them in the canal.
”We appeal to residents to shun the habit of throwing their waste into canals and drainage systems, as it causes huge problems for the environment and people.”
She added that the exercise would be extended to other drainage channels across the state.
Kadiri noted that inculcating the habit of sorting waste at source would not only reduce the waste at the landfill sites but also improve the economy and serve as a tool for youth empowerment.
She said LAWMA would further enlighten Lagosians on the dangers plastic wastes, including PET bottles, pose to the environment.