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Environmentalist tasks LASG on waste management

A consultant on Environment, Mr Taiwo Adewole, has called on the Lagos State Government to open more transfer loading stations to facilitate quick disposal of waste in the state.

•A scene from a dumpsite

Adewole, the Chief Executive Officer of Adewole and Associates, Lagos, made the call in an interview on Thursday in Lagos.

He said the two newly inaugurated transfer loading stations (TLS) opened at Odaleke and Agunlejika areas of the state were insufficient to tackle the waste management challenges.

TLS is a building or processing site for waste before they are taken to the engineered landfills where waste materials are buried.

He suggested that more TLS should be provided in all the local government areas to effectively do the job.

“We need at least a TLS per local council and a waste recycling collection centres that will also be managed by the private sector in partnership with the state government.

“Besides, the TLS and waste recycling collection centres will create employment for many youths,” he said.

Adewole advised the government to revisit the PSP/Waste Collector Operatives (WCO) put together by his predecessors by giving them more slots in waste evacuation in the state.

He said Visionscape, the current sole manager of waste might be overwhelmed by the waste situation should the government fail to address the current challenges.

Adewole said waste should be managed before moving it down to the TLS to reduce the congestion at the landfill sites.

“The worst hit is Amuwo Odofin down to Ojo and to Badagry zone of Lagos state where trucks queue daily to tip-off their waste at the dumpsite.

“More infrastructures should be in place to manage waste at every local government level in partnership with the PSP, especially during the raining seasons for easy evacuation to the dumpsites to reduce cost,” he said. (NAN)


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