Lagos plans to rebrand scavengers

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The Lagos State Government has revealed plans to coordinate the waste management system in the state.

An Assistant Director from the Environmental Services Department, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Mrs Tolulope Adeyo, said the government would rebrand resource managers (scavengers) and assign them areas across the state to assist in the waste sorting process.

Adeyo spoke at a Plastic Waste Management Policy Workshop in Lagos.

The event was organsied by Wecyclers Nigeria Limited and some stakeholders in plastic waste management.

According to her, the government has a data bank for all registered  resource managers, adding that efforts are ongoing to re-register them to make the job more attractive and dignifying.

She appealed to residents to embrace the culture of sorting their wastes from the point of generation to ease the waste management process.

The Chief Executive Officer of  Wecyclers Nigeria Limited, Mr Olawale Adebiyi, called on the state government to develop policies that would encourage waste recycling and guarantee the sustainability of the management of plastic wastes in Lagos.

He said favourable government policies could attract both local and foreign investors in the management of the tons of wastes generated in Lagos State on a daily basis.

“We have already started seeing the effect of our bad disposal attitudes around us, the most noticeable of these is flooding, and this is why we at Wecyclers want to address this growing trend while also empowering some individuals involved in the value chain like those who are involved from the point of waste collection. We go as far as offering incentives to these individuals,” he said