Piles of garbage covered the Surulere section of Lagos, Nigeria, after heavy rains struck on Saturday.
Some residents are blaming poor drainage and lack of government action for the mess, while others blame the residents for years of littering.
Residents told ICIR that Visionscape, the state’s waste management agency, either does not get to their neighborhood to remove waste or is no longer active in their area, and tends mostly to the busier roads in the municipality, ignoring sidestreets. In a report by The Guardian, residents said that their waste is not picked up by waste management if they’re overdue on bills, a problem many locals are facing.
Some people resort to paying truck pushers to dump their garbage illegally in unauthorized locations.
Lagos’ litter problem is not new. It was once considered one of the dirtiest cities in the world. Cleanliness was looking up until the last state administration cancelled monthly environmental sanitation.
Lagos produces over 12,000 metric tons of waste daily. According to the World Health Organization, over 2.4 billion people could be at risk of potentially fatal diseases if waste disposal issues continue as they are in Lagos.
Two days before the downpour washed tons of trash into the street, Lagos State Waste Management Authority announced its plans to increase its solid waste evacuation from tenements and commercial facilities to approved dumpsites from 500 trips daily to 850, and to focus on sustainability and recycling, All Africa reported.
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