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Lagos agencies construct Christmas trees out of recycled materials

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The Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and its sister agency, the Lagos State Parks and Gardens Agency (LASPARK), have teamed up to create beautiful eco-friendly Christmas trees across the state using pet bottles and discarded old tyres.

This, they revealed, demonstrated to residents that waste materials could be creatively used to improve the environment’s aesthetics.

While speaking on the initiative, the Managing Director/CEO of LAWMA, Mr Ibrahim Odumboni, stated that the authority has chosen to promote the recycling initiative, by building the Christmas trees from recyclable items.

According to him, “We partnered LASPARK on the initiative to practise what we preach, by creating Christmas trees whose main materials are sourced from recyclables, and by so doing, teach residents in the state the importance of engaging in recycling, especially during this festive season”.

Adding that over 12,000 plastic bottles and 60 tyres of various sizes were used in the production of the Yuletide trees. He further buttressed that the materials would have become an environmental nuisance if not used for the purpose.

The eco-friendly Christmas trees, he said, were strategically placed at the Johnson-Jakande-Tinubu (JJT) Park, Alausa Secretariat setback, LAWMA Head Office garden, Ijora, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway (opposite 7up), and Allen Avenue Traffic Intersection, Ikeja, by the Foundation for a Better Environment (F.A.B.E) on behalf of both LAWMA and LASPARK.

While speaking on the authority’s plans for the festive season, the LAWMA chief reaffirmed the agency’s readiness to provide effective waste management services during and after the Christmas and New Year holidays, adding that PSP operators have been mandated to provide quality services to all tenements, while the agency would be on the ground to provide back-up services.

He added that the agency had been separated into operational districts to guarantee that all regions of the metropolis received essential care during and after the Christmas period, making rubbish collection and turnaround time easier.

He, therefore, urged the populace to bag and containerise their wastes, and shun acts of indiscriminate waste disposal which are capable of defacing the environment, blocking drainage channels, and exposing their surroundings to various hazards.

The LAWMA chairman wished residents a merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year in advance, while also advising them to use only assigned operators.

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