NIGERIA: Oyo State gets tough on illegal waste management

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NIGERIA: Oyo State gets tough on illegal waste management©Oyowma

As of April 17, 2023, industries, businesses and households that do not have garbage bins in Oyo State, Nigeria, will be subject to a formal notice from the local authorities. This decision follows the increase in the level of solid waste pollution in this state located in the southwest of Nigeria.

After Lagos, where the use of garbage cans has been mandatory since January 2023, Oyo State in Nigeria has also announced the tightening of its regulations on solid waste management. As of April 17, 2023, industries, businesses and households that do not have garbage bins will be subject to a formal notice. This could have legal consequences.

The measure announced on April 3, 2023 by the chairperson of the Oyo State Waste Management Task Force, Aderonke Adedayo, is part of the local government’s policy to ensure proper waste management and environmental health. “Property owners are called upon to provide dustbins for their properties and ensure compliance with the laws on waste management in the state,” Aderonke Adedayo stresses.

Promoting recycling

In addition to reducing pollution by curbing littering, the local government’s approach is to support collection services in the Nigerian state. The collected waste will be recycled by Mottainai Recycling through mini recycling centers. On September 22, 2022, the waste management solutions provider signed a partnership with the Oyo government and the Oyo State Solid Waste Management Agency (OYOWMA).

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“Since then, we have been working tirelessly to make Oyo State cleaner. We will also help enforce the use of dustbins across the state in collaboration with relevant agencies such as the Task Force and Environmental Officers. There are penalties for not having garbage cans in residential properties,” says Adey Adewuyi, the managing director of Mottainai Recycling. Details of these penalties are expected to be revealed as soon as the new measure requiring the use of garbage cans by industries, businesses and households in Oyo State is implemented.

Inès Magoum

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