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LAWMA to decommission Olusosun, Solous landfill sites

Newly renovated Simpson Transfer Loading Station (TLS), Sura, Lagos Island

The Lagos Waste Management Authority
(LAWMA), has concluded plans to decommission its landfill sites at Olusosun and
Solous, due to urban encroachment and increased human activities around the

The hint was given by the managing
director of the agency Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin, who noted that the move became
necessary as both sites drew close to the end of their life spans.

Olusosun landfill site

According to him, ‘The process of
winding down activities at those landfill sites has commenced. There were not
much human activities close to the sites at inception but fast-paced
development in the state has seen houses built around them’.

He said further that “The government
is opening a new chapter in modern waste management for the state, through a
number of comprehensive short and long-term strategies that could include,
reactivation of Kesse Landfill project at Badagry; construction of additional
material recovery facilities and transfer loading stations around the
metropolis, as well as building community recycling centres in all the local
councils and development areas of the state.”

The LAWMA boss maintained that
immediate measures would be taken to mitigate the impact of the closure, but
the long-term objective of government was ‘a Lagos State where no landfill
sites are required but only waste management facilities, waste to energy and
incineration plants’.

He further revealed that plans were
on to establish 5MW waste to energy plants at Solous 3, Olusosun and Epe
landfills, to tap the energy potentials available there, while Olusosun would
eventually be transformed into a waste treatment centre.

Gbadegesin reiterated the agency’s
commitment to promoting waste recycling and best practice in waste management,
urging residents to embrace LAWMA’s Blue Box programme and the concept of waste
sorting at source.

He advised members of the public on
proper disposal of refuse, reminding them of sanctions for violation, while
urging them to contact the agency on the toll-free line 07080601020 for
information, inquiries or complaints.

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