Managing Director, Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Managing Director Mr Ola Oresanya yesterday said the state generates 11,000 metric tonnes of waste daily.
He said on the average, each resident produces 0.65kg of waste, but the state recycles most of it to help preserve the environment.
Oresanya spoke at a colloquium to mark the 2015 Earth Day where experts suggested ways to halt the deterioration of the environment and minimise the effects of polluting factories, power plants, raw sewage and toxic dumps.
Organised by the Kuramo Conferences and the Resource Innovation and Solutions Network Nigeria (RISSN), initiators of the Sustainability School Lagos, the theme was: “Solutions for a sustainable future.”
Oresanya said Lagos has partnered with a technology company, Ericsson, to recycle electronic waste, such as those from the Computer Village.
According to him, better data management would aid development plans, saying: “Lack of data has been a bane of development in Nigeria.”
Lafarge WAPCO, Chairman Chief Olusegun Osunkeye, who chaired the event, urged the Federal Government to pay more attention to recycling systems, waste water treatment, solid waste management especially in a populated city such as Lagos.
“The local sustainability agenda therefore relies heavily on inter-agency resources, making public-private partnerships a major critical success factor for sustainable development.
“Adopting multi-level collaborative approach in order to deliver sustainable solutions for the growing waste and other resource challenges in Lagos and Nigeria is the only way we can protect the investment climate and ensure sustainability of businesses for the 21st century and beyond.”
A German chemist and toxologist, Dr Beate Kummer said the government should pay more attention to the importation of what she described as end-of-life vehicles listed for recycling in some European countries.