The Lagos State Government has rolled out 40,000 smart colour-coded waste bins under it’s “Adopt a Bin’” programme.
The initiative is part of efforts to promote recycling, clean and healthy environment with emphasis on waste sorting from the point of generation.
The 240litres colour-coded bins are in orange and yellow for medical wastes, Brown for garden waste, Blue for recyclables and Green for general waste.
In addition to being waste containers, the smart bins are also measurement units, equipped with intelligent devices that enable tracking and identification and can be registered to individual addresses, for easy communication on issues relating to them.
Unveiling the smart bins at the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA’s
Transfer Loading Station in Sura, Lagos Island, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu expressed joy that LAWMA is gradually building on the Lagos Recycle Initiative, with increasing individual pickers of recyclable items and recycling firms springing up, while more Lagosians are getting income from the waste management value- chain.
Represented by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr Tunji Bello, Governor Sanwo-Olu enjoined residents to support the initiative by playing their part towards achieving a constantly clean city scape and sustainable environment.
“The message we are sending out today, is that, every home should try and acquire the waste bins. The PSP operators have a major role to play here, in ensuring that the bins get to every home across the length and breadth of Lagos State. Your individual roles primarily include prompt payment of waste bills to the PSP operators, for them to stay in business,” he said.
The Governor also appealed to corporate bodies to adopt low-income communities so the initiative can spread across the metropolis.
He commended the over 14,000 LAWMA sweepers, working day and night to keep the highways clean and appealed to motorists, to always give consideration to the sweepers on the high ways.
“Their lives are precious, and we as a Government will not spare any erring motorist found culpable of harassing or knocking down any sweeper be it deliberate or otherwise” the Governor warned.
On his part, LAWMA’s Managing Director, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni noted that Lagos can no longer afford to manage land fills, therefore, it is expedient to adopt cost effective and environmentally-resilient methods of waste management.
Mr Odumboni urged commercial organisations and those living within standard estates to embrace the adopt a bin programme.
He said “I must add that plans have been concluded come 1st of April, 2022, organized Estates and Commercial facilities would continue to pay same amount of their waste bill should they separate their waste from source. In the same vein, should they fail to separate from source, their bill would be reviewed upward by 15% to accommodate fee for sorting at the point of disposal”
He listed the benefits of the smart bins to include safe containerization of waste; easy evacuation, reduction in the harmful activities of pests, as well as reduced city flooding.