Waste management: Visionscape, local truck dealers go into partnership

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An Environmental Utility Company, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions (VSS), says it will partner local truck dealers to facilitate waste management in Lagos State.

The Chief Executive Officer of VSS, Mr John Irvine, said that the firm had plans to get more compactors, but it took a long time to order and make the trucks outside the country.

Irvine said the VSS was, therefore, in partnership with Silo Truck for the trucks.

He said that the environmental utility company was also looking at other local dealers.

According to him, VSS started with 55 utility vehicles and has added 43 others.

“There are issues with logistics of bringing these vehicles into the country. We are experiencing delays of ordered cargoes at ports.

“There is a port where we have 40 containers. The terminal has been closed for three months.

“We had to reorder those things. This is one of the nightmares we have in terms of logistics,” he said.

Irvine said that due to commitment, the company had commenced the process of getting some of its equipment locally.

“You cannot just walk into a showroom and demand for say, 50 compactors. The compactor unit is usually made by a company different from the one that makes the trucks.

“You have to first get the trucks which you ordered from the truck manufacturer, then move them to the compactor making company to mount them on the trucks. It takes time to get these things done.

“What is happening is that our resources which were meant for the residential project were diverted to handle the commercial areas.

“It will take time to buy a whole fleet of vehicles to handle the waste in the residential areas,” he said.

The CEO said that the company was committed to effectively managing waste from residential areas.

He promised that people would no longer see heaps of refuse around residential areas in Lagos.