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Waste control: Lagos seeks residents’ compliance as defaulters nabbed

 

Lagos State government has asked residents to support its waste control effort by complying with regulations on proper disposal, warning it will go tough on reckless disposal disposals in unauthorised places.

The cautioning follows the arrest and preliminary prosecution of some residents of Aboru, Alimosho, whose wards were recently caught emptying bags of trash in a drainage channel by their homes, during a recent rainfall downpour, according to the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in a statement provided to BusinessDay.

Muyiwa Gbadegesin, who reiterated Governor Sanwo-Olu’s executive order on zero tolerance to environmental infractions stressed that violators would be appropriately sanctioned under set environmental laws of the State, which forbids indiscriminate refuse dumping by residents.

He said residents need to support the government’s efforts in tackling the problem of flooding and other environmental hazards within the metropolis, by ensuring that they do not dispose of refuse in a manner likely to cause environmental pollution or harm human health. They are also enjoined to bag their wastes appropriately and patronize assigned Private Support Partnership (PSP) operators.

Under its Blue Box Initiative, LAWMA has intensified the distribution of waste disposal bags for residents to sort their waste and dispose appropriately, through PSPs operating in their areas, Gbadegesin said further.

“Under no circumstances should anyone dump refuse in drainage channels, medians, lagoons or any other unauthorised outlets,” he warned.

He also advised residents to promptly reach the authority using the toll-free line 07080601020, for complaints and relevant information.

 

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