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LAWMA Launches App for Plastic Waste Recycling

…. as Lagos Recycle Initiative commences, to generate jobs

Given its commitment to a cleaner and waste-free environment and through recycling, the Lagos government has launched an app PAKAM for easy coordination and monitoring of the recycling exercise.

The state government through the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), launch the commencement of the Lagos Recycle Initiative, aimed at stemming the tide of plastic pollution in the state.

The government said plastic waste has become a menace to the state hence the need for it to tackle it headlong necessitated the launch of the Lagos Recycle Initiative and the PAkAM app to monitor its implementation of the recycling programme.

Tackling the menace of plastic pollution, which had over the years posed serious dangers to residents and the environment, is one of the key visions of the present LAWMA administration, led by Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni. This necessitated the introduction of the Lagos Recycle Initiative.

According to the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, “Recycling is key in the Authority’s drive to make Lagos cleaner and livable, stressing that moving plastic materials from the Lagos waste stream would reduce the volume of waste that eventually gets to dumpsites”.

Odumboni said the Lagos Recycle initiative would deploy an attractive reward system, to encourage waste segregation and timely pick-up of recyclables across the state, emphasizing that residents would be rewarded for gathering their plastic items and handing them over to LAWMA accredited recyclers.

He said the Authority had already established accredited centres across the state for the collection and collation of recyclable materials, which includes PET, pure water sachets, cans, bottles, etc, adding that residents and other stakeholders can simply bring in these recyclables to the centres and be rewarded.

As at the time of filing this report, the following were the categories and weight of recyclables collated over the weekend, across the Authority’s recycling centres:

PET: 6,304kg
Sachets: 56kg
Cans: 5kg
Bottle: 164kg
UBC: 23kg
BCC: 39kg
PWS: 606kg
ONP: 10kg
Others: 55kg

The LAWMA boss commended all stakeholders, especially Wecyclers and Recycle Points, for keying into the Lagos Recycle Initiative, which apart from making the environment cleaner and safer for living, would provide jobs for the teeming youth population in the state.

For all inquiries on the Lagos Recycle Initiative and how to maximize the numerous opportunities in the program, please call our toll-free numbers 07080601020 and 617.

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