Lagos generates electricity from waste; focuses on recycling

Lagos – The Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has begun electricity generation from refuse under its waste to energy programme. The Managing Director of LAWMA, Mr Ola Oresanya, said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.

Gov. Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State

“We have waste to energy where we commission electricity from our wastes at one of our markets; Ikosi market. Four plastic recycling centers are up and running as well as the tire shredding plant which processes rubbers from (used) tires”. Oresanya said the waste to energy project would be expanded to cover more markets in 2013.

With reference to recycling, Oresanya added; “We’ve been able to evolve new strategies to make people recycle in Lagos; to change the perception of people and not to see wastes as waste, so that they will see it as a resource We have the buy-back programme where people bring wastes and we pay them for bringing the wastes.”

The agency currently pays N30 per kilo for paper, bottles, pure water sachets and other related materials. The program also encourages children to bring recyclable materials in exchange for food packs during holiday. One core challenge of the authority is the bad attitude of Lagos residents toward waste disposal.


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