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Sanwo-Olu launches 102 locally assembled compactor trucks, 100 bins to boost waste collection.
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Sanwo-Olu launches 102 locally assembled compactor trucks, 100 bins to boost waste collection. 

Sanwo-Olu launches 102 locally assembled compactor trucks, 100 bins to boost waste collection.

Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has bolstered the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) with 102 units of brand new locally assembled compactor trucks and 100 units of double dino waste bins in an effort to reduce turn-around time in waste evacuation within the metropolis, resulting in a cleaner and healthier environment.

Governor Sanwo-Olu inaugurated the compactor trucks at a lavish ceremony at the State House in Alausa on Wednesday, which was attended by waste service stakeholders, including Private Sector Participants (PSP) operators.

The assets included 30 12-cubic-meter trucks, 60 24-cubic-meter trucks, and 12 hook loaders. They will work alongside over 850 PSP compactor trucks to improve service delivery in underserved communities throughout the state.

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The compactor trucks were assembled by LAWMA technicians in conjunction with Dangote Sinotruck Manufacturing firm. They are designed according to the local requirements to aid clearing of waste from generating points to transfer-loading stations. Each compactor truck has three years warranty and maintenance package.

In addition, the Governor officially introduced “CitiMonitor,” a smartphone application that will allow for the monitoring and reporting of environmental violations, such as indiscriminate trash disposal.

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The new waste collecting technology, according to Sanwo-Olu, is not being used to drive PSP businesses out of business. He explained that the compactors would only gather rubbish from public spaces and main roadways, while PSP operators would continue to collect commercial and residential waste.

Sanwo-Olu advised locals to return the favor by paying their garbage disposal bills on time to ensure better service delivery. The Governor stated that LAWMA would be launching an acquisition program to help willing PSP operators replace their decrepit garbage collection trucks in the coming weeks.

He stated that the government was well aware of the waste economy’s potential, adding that the state’s trash-to-wealth program had begun to take shape, owing to the expansion of the Lagos Recycling Initiative.

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