The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has expressed its readiness to support the Federal Government’s drive in E-waste management.
Mr Ayinla Suleiman, a representative of the organization, disclosed that the waste collectors in Lagos state, will be mobilized to work with the Federal Government.
He made the pledge at the ongoing National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) training for government officials on e-waste management.
The theme of the training is: “Guidance Document for the Implementation of the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) Programme for the Electronics/Electrical Sector in Line with Circular Economy.”
According to agency report from NAN, the body will deploy all within its authority to ensure the success of the programme in order to make the state cleaner. He said that the objective of the programme was to assist government and producers to jointly implement the EPR legislation for e-waste.
“The objective of the program is to assist government and producers to implement the EPR legislation for E-waste. The project was meant to make producers in electronics and electrical items responsible for the discarding or recycling of e-waste materials for a better environment. The agency will deploy all within its authority to ensure the success of the programme in order to make the state clean”
Mr Yusuf Olabanji, LAWMA representative, said the agency would reform individual local waste collectors to ensure electrical and electronics waste were collected and deposited at the designated centres for recycling.
“The Federal Government knows how best to tailor import regulations to check the importation of such materials that are harmful to the environment. There will be incentives to encourage collectors so that the programme will be sustained, and the 300 tonnes e-waste elimination from the environment is achieved in the first quarter”.