World Cleanup Day: Group sensitises residents on recyclable wastes

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The founder, GreenHill Recycling Services, Mrs Mariam Lawani, has said that Lagos residents need to manage their recyclable wastes properly, to help establish a cleaner and healthier environment in the state.

Lawani during the Isolo Cleanup Exercise, organised by GreenHill Recycling in collaboration with Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) to commemorate the ‘2019 World Cleanup Day’.

“Waste recycling is an efficient source of revenue generation that prevents pollution and makes the environment green.

“Environmental cleanup should not be limited to a particular day, it should be a way of life.

“Lagos State through LAWMA, is supporting us through provision of the waste bags which we are distributing to every household today.

”We want every household to be sorting their wastes separately (recyclables and non-recyclables) into the bags, to avoid blockage of the drainage channels and littering of the environment with refuse.

“The GreenHill Recycling will be coming on weekly basis to collect the recyclables and reward the household/individuals accordingly, because we have a scale for measuring the points of the wastes,” Lawani said.

Seun Oyeyemi, Officer 1, Advocacy, Monitoring and Evaluation Department of LAWMA, said the essence of the exercise was to distribute and introduce usage of the “Blue Box” initiative, recently launched by Lagos State Government.

Our Private Sector Participant (PSP) operators have been mobilised to move around the state, collecting the wastes for onward transmission to Landfill for proper disposal, while the recyclable ones will be transferred to the recycling companies,” he said.

The Oba of Isolo, Alhaji Agbabiaka Kabiru, called for establishment of a LAWMA Unit, in each local government area of the state, for efficient environmental sanitation.

Until a heavy sanction is meted to defaulters, the habit of indiscriminate disposal of wastes across the state may not stop,” he said.

GreenHill Recycling, emerged the First Runner-up in the Maiden Edition of the Fidelity Bank Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Funding Grants Competition.