The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has announced a full take off of its Recycle Initiative which aimed at stemming the tide of plastic pollution in the state.
To enhance efficiency, the authority has also put to work the PAKAM app for seamless coordination of the recycling efforts.
The recycling exercise, which is a key vision of present LAWMA administration, aimed at strengthening the fight against plastic pollution which has over the years posed serious dangers to residents and the environment.
Speaking on the initiative, Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni stated that the programme was key to achieve the cleaner and healthy Lagos dream.
He said, “Moving plastic materials from the Lagos waste stream would reduce the volume of waste that eventually gets to dumpsites”.
He informed further that the Lagos Recycle initiative would deploy an attractive reward system in order to encourage waste segregation and timely pick-up of recyclables across the state.
The LAWMA boss stressed that residents would be rewarded for gathering plastic items and handing them over to LAWMA accredited recyclers.
He added that the Authority had already established accredited centers across the state for collection and collation of recyclable materials, which included: PET, pure water sachets, cans, bottles, etc, adding that residents and other stakeholders can simply bring in the recyclables to the centers and be rewarded.
As at the time of filing this report, the following were the categories and weight of recyclables collated over the weekend, across the Authority’s recycling centers:
The LAWMA boss commended all stakeholders, especially Wecyclers and Recycle Points, for keying into the Lagos Recycle Initiative, which apart from making the environment cleaner and safer for living, would provide jobs for the teeming youth population in the state.
Members of the public are urged to direct all enquiries on the initiative to LAWMA toll-free numbers 07080601020 and 617.