An Environmental Analyst, Mr Godwin Osondu, on Thursday, described waste recycling as an efficient source of revenue generation and means to prevent pollution and environmental degradation in the country.
He decried the attitude of Lagos residents to refuse disposal, saying that proper waste management by households could curtail the problem of arbitrary disposal of toxic waste and pollution in the state.
According to him, flooding and environmental pollution occur as a result of blockage of the water channels with domestic wastes.
“Most of the materials and waste products that cause flooding in the state can be recycled.
“Some of the waste materials that cannot be recycled which constitute hazards to the environment can be banned from usage in the country.
“Some countries have prohibited the usage of nylon and other materials that constitute hazards to the environment; the Nigerian Government can take such decision,’’ he said.
Osondu, therefore, stressed the need for restoration of the monthly environmental sanitation exercise in Lagos State, as a way to encourage cleanliness of the environment.
He advised Lagos residents to be conscious of the environment and carefully manage their waste to prevent random disposal of domestic waste causing environmental hazards.
He said that poorly-managed waste spreads diseases, contaminates water resources, increases the cost of potable water, increases flooding, pollutes the air and repulses tourists.
Osondu called for massive awareness campaign on waste disposal to educate the residents on the need for self-discipline and human behavior.
“For the households, they should have refuse collection bags or septic tanks for the waste at the front of their homes.
“The public needs to desist from the ugly act of random disposal of waste into the drainage channels.
“Residue needs to be channeled into the effluent treatment plants where it will be treated and re-used and this could form an additional source of income.
“The safety of the environment is a collective responsibility of everyone in the society and should not be left to the government alone. We must work together for the interest of our society,” he said.
Osondu advised households to obey environmental regulations to help the government actualise its efforts in ensuring a safe and healthy environment.
Edited by Dorcas Jonah/Adeleye Ajayi