Lagos Moves To Entrench the  Reduce, Reuse and Recycle Waste2Wealth Culture

The Lagos State government is making a move to fully implement a circular economy, encouraging residents to reduce waste being generated, reuse and recycle.

Towards this, the State has convened
a stakeholders’ forum in Ikeja on facilitating the transition into a circular economy and the building of an environmentally resilient State.

In a remark during the event, the Chief Resilient Officer, Lagos State Resilience Office, Dr Folayinka Dania explained that already, a number of projects have been embarked upon to kickstart the full implementation process.

Dr Dania listed this to include the Eko Circular Podcast to educate residents, a Lagos Circular challenge for business owners to help Lagos achieve the set goals and several multi-agencies’ projects involving Lagosians in the efforts to reduce the over thirteen thousand metric tonnes of waste generated daily in the State, all of which end up at the dump sites.

“There are various things you can do in terms of resilience as a person living in Lagos, sort your waste, separate plastic, it will have a lot of impact, it will reduce waste in land fills, reduce flooding to a large extent, it will ensure some of the emissions that go into the atmosphere from burning some of these things, in the last, we come to say this is what we are doing, but now we are saying as a resident, be part of the process, this is how we can ensure sustainability” Dr Dania announced.

The General Manager of the State Environmental Protection Agency, LASEPA, Dr Dolapo Fasawe, whose agency has been able to eliminate single use plastic pointed out that circular economy has become a global trend.

Dr Fasawe noted that though plastic products cannot be totally banned, yet, residents can generate wealth, by recycling them while also making the environment safe.

“People, Planet, Profit: that’s the key message of a circular economy and environmental sustainability, if you are using non-biodegradable plastic, please reuse it, refurbish it, you can use it up to ten times and then recycle it. There are off-takers who will take your Plasti and exports in pellets to China and used in making Chairs that would be brought back and sold here in Nigeria, that’s an example of a circular economy”

The Consultant engaged by the State to facilitate Circular economy and Resiliece, Ms Nonny Ugboma announced that three Council areas, namely; Ikeja, Alimosho and Oshodi have been chosen as pilots for the Circular Economy transition process.

Over the next six months, residents in the pilot Council Areas would be encouraged to embrace a circular economy and monitored for behavioural change .

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