By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) on Sunday urged residents to embrace the habit of recycling waste products, to wealth, even as it embarked on clearing of the canal across the state.
The flag off took place at a canal within the Adeniji Adele Road in Lagos Island LGA of the State.
LAWMA Assistant Director, Public Affairs,Mrs Folashade Kadiri, who made the call in a statement in Lagos, said the exercise was in furtherance of the executive order on zero tolerance for reckless waste disposal, recently signed by Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu.
Kadiri said that the clearing exercise by LAWMA would be extended to other clogged drainage channels in the state.
The director explained that this was to ensure that no part of the metropolis was left behind in LAWMA’s quest to ensure a clean environment.
Kadiri added that residents would further be educated on the menace of plastic wastes, including PET bottles, which posed great dangers to the environment.
“We embarked on this clearing exercise to pave way for a cleaner and healthier Lagos and to show the State Government’s total commitment to environmental sustainability.
”This exercise will allow free flow of water and help mitigate flooding.
”We, however, observed that most of the waste cleared from the canal are recyclable materials.
”We will appreciate it if residents start thinking of making money from their recyclable waste instead of dumping them in the canal.
”We appeal to residents to shun the habit of throwing their waste into canals and drainage systems, as it causes huge problems for the environment and people,” she said.
According to her, imbibing the habit of sorting from source would encourage the reduction of waste at the landfill sites, improve the economy, while serving as a tool for youth empowerment.