The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has encouraged residents of the state to embrace the culture of recycling waste.
Folashade Kadiri, the LAWMA’s Assitant Director, Public Affairs, made the call in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos.
According to the statement, in furtherance of the executive order on zero tolerance for reckless waste disposal, recently signed by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, LAWMA commenced an intensive clearing exercise to unclog the Adeniji Adele Road canal.
The authority observed that most of the waste cleared is recyclable material. It therefore urged residents to think of making money from their recyclable items instead of dumping them in canals.
Kadiri explained that the act of sorting waste from source would encourage reduction of waste at the landfill sites, improve the economy while serving as a tool for youth empowerment by engaging them in meaningful ventures.
The agency stated that the clearing exercise would be extended to other clogged drainage channels in the state to ensure that no part of the metropolis was left behind in LAWMA’s quest to ensure clean environment in the state.
“The clearing of the canal would be extended to other clogged canals in the state. The exercise will allow free flow of water and help mitigate the problem of flooding. We therefore appeal to residents to shun the habit of throwing their waste into canals and drains as this causes huge problems for the environment and people”, they stressed.
Residents would also be educated on the menace of plastic wastes like PET bottles which posed great dangers to the environment, LAWMA said.
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