Ibrahim Odumboni

LAWMA Marks 3rd Anniversary of Lagos Recycle Initiative …stresses use of PAKAM app

Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) has celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the Lagos Recycle Initiative, launched three years ago, to introduce waste sorting at source for recycling purposes, to tackle the challenge of plastic pollution, as well as create jobs for teeming residents.

The event, organised by Food & Beverage Recycling Alliance and Lagos Recyclers Association, in conjunction with LAWMA, took place at the agency’s Olusosun Resource Centre, Ojota, with various sectoral stakeholders in attendance.

In his address, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni, appreciated the governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, for midwifing and supporting the recycling initiative, while also praising all the stakeholders partnering the Authority, to tackle plastic pollution in the state.

He noted that with the initiative, plastic materials have become valuable commodities, for economic gains through recycling, adding that the Authority was working with a private firm to establish a bottle-to-bottle recycling facility in Lagos very soon.

Odumboni called on residents to start waste segregation at the point of generation, to reduce the volume of waste going to the landfills, stressing that owning a waste bin would become mandatory for all tenements, from 1st October 2022.

According to him, “Start separating your waste from source, there is value in doing that. We are encouraging sorting of waste from source in all households. From the 1st of October this year, every household must own a waste bin. We will start placing abatement notices on houses and will start the full enforcement in January next year”.

Earlier in his welcome address, the executive director, Finance, Mr. Kunle Adebiyi, said the event marked the beginning of another milestone in the history of waste recycling in Lagos State, stressing the agency’s commitment to ensuring a positive impact on the environment through recycling.

He urged participants to embrace the recycling culture, adding that the value chain was huge and extensive, creating business opportunities for pickers, collectors, aggregators, off-takers, as well as recyclers.

In her remarks, the executive secretary of Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), Ms. Agharese Onaghise, restated the group’s commitment to collaborative partnership to achieve plastic-pollution free Lagos State.

The CEO of PAKAM Technology, Mr. Adeleye Odebunmi, in his presentation, unveiled the PAKAM app 2.0, an all-inclusive waste management software application that connects residents to recyclers, for prompt exchange and redemption of their recyclable items, in real-time.

He highlighted the features of the revamped app, encouraging households to key into the opportunities presented by the seamless technology, to make money and tackle waste management challenges in the state.

Goodwill messages were taken from critical stakeholders like the Waste Pickers Association and others.

Folashade Kadiri (Mrs.)
Director, Public Affairs


… to mark World Recycling Day

The Managing Director/CEO, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni led senior staff of LAWMA, to the clean-up and adoption of Oniru Beach, Victoria Island, Lagos, by Sterling One Foundation.

The event was organized by the Foundation and HRM Abisogun II Foundation (HAIIF), to commemorate the 2022 Global Recycling Day, themed: “Recycling Fraternity”.

Speaking to the press on the sidelines, the LAWMA boss charged individuals and corporate organizations, to take responsibility for the environment through waste sorting at source and not wait for government, to drive the effort towards a cleaner environment.

He further urged residents and beach users, to come together and make a difference, by leaving an enduring legacy of people-friendly environment, for improved living and economic prosperity, adding that beach clean-up was the first step in ensuring that coastal areas were clean.

In her address, the convener of the event, Mrs. Olapeju Ibekwe, disclosed that in the last one year, Sterling One Foundation had adopted four beaches including Alpha, Eleko, Lafiaji and Ibereko. The objective, according to her, was to care for life outside water and under water, as well as empower people through the recycling value chain.

Chief Olumide Oniru, the Olopon of Iruland, who represented the His Royal Majesty, Oba Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II, the Oniru of Iru Land, disclosed that no less than 1,000 trees had been planted around the kingdom in recent times, adding that youths had been recruited as environmental champions, to raise awareness on the prevention of plastic pollution.

The permanent secretary of the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Bolaji Gaji, who represented the commissioner, Mr. Tunji Bello, stressed that the ministry had adopted single use plastic policy, urging Lagosians to commit to waste sorting at source, to limit plastic pollution.

The gathering included many dignitaries, including the commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs. Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf; General Manager LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe; General Manager LASWA, Mr. Damilola Emmanuel; managing director of Waste Exchange Limited, Mr. Taiwo Adewole and senior LAWM Staff.

Folashade Kadiri
Director, Public Affairs
19th March, 2022