By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Lagos State government-owned recycling plant situated at the Olusosun Landfill site at the Ojota area of the state has commenced full capacity operation with several installed odour neutralizers and mobile atomizers to douse the erstwhile poignant odour oozing from the site, especially when it rains.
Relatedly, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has moved to create an enabling environment/platform for waste recycling with the commencement of the reclamation of land at the same Olusosun landfill site for interested investors.
“It has also commenced a pilot scheme in Ketu Fruit Market on conversion of organic waste generated in the Market to electricity through a 1.5 KVA generating set that supplies energy needs within the market,” LAWMA boss, Ola Oresanya, announced while conducting the media on a facility tour of the recycling plant and other projects at Ojota area of the state.
According to LAWMA boss: “The landfill was first identified and used by the Nigeria Military in the 1960/70s as a shooting range for condemned armed robbers. The site was later excavated and turned into a soil mining site to provide filling material for roads and foundations of new building projects.
The landfill is traversed by a large burrowed pit which resulted from the long uncontrolled excavation/sand mining by most developers from all parts of the state.
It was in 1992 that it was selected by LAWMA as landfill site and for refuse dumping.
In February 2008, during the visit of Governor Babatunde Fashola to the landfill, he directed the provision of access road to augment the ones serving the landfill to ease operations for proper waste management.
Subsequently, the contract for construction was awarded and construction commenced in November 2008 and completed in 2011. The road is a rigid pavement with a total length of 1,130m and 8. 0m width.
The most recent of the infrastructural rehabilitation works within the landfill are: Reconstruction of 1.3 kilometre service roads which commenced December, 2011 and completed in April 2012. The road is composed of well graded and compacted laterite fill to 1.0metre thickness, stone base of 1000 metres among other features
Construction of fuel bay, which was completed in March 2012, land reclamation for the purpose of recycling village. The process of converting waste to energy is ongoing, whereby methane gas will be processed and converted to electricity.
Presently, practical gas extractor pipes are already installed and drilling is ongoing for more pipes installation. Also, currently, the landfill site on 42.7 hectares of land receives an average of 300 trucks of waste on a daily basis and weighed at the weigh bridge to ascertain the quantity of waste going into the landfill. 33.8 tonnes of kraft-back programme in partnership with LAWMA had been collected at N5,00 per kg from the public while over 50 tonnes of waste nylon sachet had also been procured at N30.00 per kg.
A portion of the levelled and compacted waste within the landfill site had been capped with laterite and greened with grass which is the proposed platform for the present waste to energy project. Oresanya, therefore, urged Lagos residents to avail themselves of the use of proper refuse disposal systems introduced by the state government in order to rid the state of the menace of dirt. “There is job opportunities here for the jobless and everyone, if they can tap into all the opportunities abound therein this project, “ the LAWMA boss stated.