By Olasunkanmi Akoni
To engender a cleaner and safer environment, the Lagos Waste Management Authority, LAWMA, has concluded plans to commence the enforcement of appropriate waste storage bins by operators of fuel stations, garages and other businesses sited along the major highways in the state.
LAWMA said in a statement that the move is to ensure total compliance to the state government’s directive that all tenements should have covered bins for the storage and evacuation of wastes, and adhere strictly to the provisions of the state Environmental Sanitation Laws.
Section 12 of the law stipulates that “Every owner or occupier of a tenement shall provide a covered dustbin as may be specified by the Authority outside the tenement for the disposal of waste.”
Accordingly, the Authority has frowned at the indiscriminate dumping of wastes traceable to the activities of petrol stations and garages situated along the major highways, thereby disrupting the free flow of traffic.
It would be recalled that the Authority embarked on advocacy and sensitisation programmes on different occasions to educate owners and managers of such businesses in the state on the need to effectively manage their wastes, especially through proper containerisation.
The recommended bin as specified by LAWMA is the 240-litre bin, and can be purchased from PSP operators, major markets or LAWMA offices across the state; while the least size is the 200-litre storage bin with a lid.
Explaining the importance of containing wastes in the storage bins, LAWMA emphasised that this helps to contain the spread of epidemics, keep the drains and canals from getting blocked and beautify the environment.
The statement further emphasised the need for residents in the state to complement the efforts of the government in making sure that all forms of environmental hazards in the state are averted; adding that managing waste from the point of generation paves the way for easier and faster evacuation, and also improves the turnaround time.
The Authority restated its commitment to taking waste management in the metropolis to the next level, even as it warned that appropriate sanctions will be meted out to those who may wish to flout the order. It added that enforcement officers will be visiting garages and petrol stations to ensure full compliance.
Residents are enjoined to call the LAWMA care lines 5577, 07055893400, and 07080601020 in case of any waste management challenges or complaints.