Cleaner Lagos: Sanwo-Olu Unveils Blue Box Programme for Waste Sorting

Cleaner Lagos: Sanwo-Olu Unveils Blue Box Programme

As part of efforts to encourage proper waste sorting which will lead to income generation and a cleaner Lagos, the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has launched the blue box programme.

The Blue Box Programme is poised to encourage separation of recyclable waste from the general ones.

The Lagos State Governor revealed the state has generated more than 10,000 metric tonnes of daily waste, adding that the old method of waste disposal is not sustainable.

Speaking further, Governor Sanwo-Olu noted 50 per cent of wastes generated in the state could be recycled to generate money for the public as obtainable in some other parts of the world.

The governor said the programme, which kicked-off on Saturday will begin with two pilot schemes in Surulere, Victoria Island and some designated areas in the state.

He urged PSP operators in the state to key into the scheme as LAWMA had started registration for recyclers for the programme.

Speaking at the event, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello said the purpose of the event was in pursuit of the administration’s mantra of creating a cleaner Lagos, saying that in recent time, the state had witnessed a lot of degeneration in the waste management sector.

“This is further exacerbated by population explosion resulting from intense inflow of people into the state in search of greener pastures, and also due to instability in other parts of the country, particularly the northeast. One of the major challenges being faced in Lagos is our small land size in relation to our alarmingly increasing population. This has impacted negatively on the availability of space for more infrastructural developments.

“This dearth of sufficient land space has also affected adversely our waste management strategy since we are unable to get adequate land space for landfill activities to accommodate the huge waste being generated on a daily basis estimated to have grown from 10,000 MT to 14,000MT within a period of five years,” he explained.

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