Visionscape Sanitation Solutions on Friday disclosed that it will take delivery of another 180 new trucks before next month.
The body also disclosed that it had discovered 5,000 black spots across the Lagos metropolis where Lagosians dumped refused illegally. Speaking at an interactive session with media men in Victoria Island, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, Chief Operations Officer, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, Thomas Forgacs said currently, Visionscape had 131 trucks at its disposal to cart away refuse in the state. According to him, before “April, we will receive new batch of 180 trucks,” adding that currently, there were about 15,000 waste bins of 240 litres capacity each and 5,000 waste bins of 1,100 litres capacity each deployed to different spots in Lagos for people to dump their refuse. He also disclosed that in the second and third batches, 200,000 galvanised waste bins would arrive Lagos in August 2018, adding that before the end of the year, 10 million plastic bags would be distributed across Lagos. Head of Planning, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, Kiran Reddy disclosed that the body had identified about 5,000 black spots or illegal dumping sites across the state, saying that it could be more than that. He said many of these illegal dumping sites had between five and 150 tons of waste being dumped in them, saying that Visionscape had successfully evacuated waste from 2,000 black spots across the state. Reddy said the body rented about 50 trucks to assist in evacuating the waste from the black spots in order to keep the areas clean. He added that by mid-April, 300,000 litres containers would be deployed to Lagos to aid refuse collection and disposal.
Also speaking, Head, Corporate Communications, Visionscape, Motunrayo Elias said the body had been in touch with the Waste Collection Operators, WCOs, formerly PSP operators to solve the refuse challenge in Lagos. She said Visionscape was finally coming to an agreement with the WCOs, adding that the resolution reached with them would be announced in few days time. Elias added that over 100 companies had joined Visionscape to solve the refuse challenge in the Lagos metropolis, saying that about 200 additional trucks from their partners were currently on the road working to cart away refuse from the metropolis.
“By Easter time, there will be a remarkable difference on the streets of Lagos. We had an agreement with the WCOs and their trucks are working with us now to evacuate waste from the roads,” she said.