The Lagos State Government-modernised waste disposal and management reform, known as the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), is to commence operations in the first week of September.
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr Babatunde Adejare, disclosed this in Lagos at a workshop organised to sensitise newsmen on the CLI.
Adejare said that under the CLI, the reuse and recycle model of waste management system would be employed.
The commissioner said that the CLI would also introduce critical infrastructure necessary to maintain a first class waste management system through the Public Private Partnership (PPP).
He appealed to residents to support the initiative by bagging their refuse properly.
Adejare said that efforts were being made, however, to clear the heaps of refuse in various parts of the state, pending the formal take-off of the CLI.
According to him, an intervention programme has been rolled out to bridge the gap.
When the CLI takes off fully, a consortium will be managing residential wastes and residents will be made to pay a harmonised bill tagged the Public Utility Bill (PUL).
Adejare said that PUL would not only help to save lives but will also enhance the lives of those at the bottom of the value chain.
He said that it would also be a major contribution to the state’s ongoing efforts to address severe challenges that were unique to the state, as a result of rising urbanisation.