Under the new Environmental Management and Protection Bill signed into Law by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode – the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), the commercial sector would be serviced by licensed as waste managers. A consortium of environmental service providers, among them some globally-acclaimed waste management companies, will provide waste collection, processing and disposal services for residential properties under a long-term concession arrangement.
The consortium will be expected to deploy a large multi-dimensional fleet of over 20 landfill and Transfer Loading Station (TLS) management vehicles, 590 rear-end loader compactors, 140 operational vehicles and about electronically-tracked 900,000-litre bins that would be monitored by Public Utilities Monitoring Assurance Unit (PUMAU) of the Environment Ministry.
A source at the Ministry of the Environment told The Nation yesterday that the take-off date will soon be announced by the government.
After appending his signature, the governor expressed optimism that the law would go a long in securing the public health safety of residents, especially children. Ambode recalled how his administration, in its early days, decided to overhaul the state’s environmental, waste management and handling practices and also to harmonise all existing environmental laws.