Litters are indeed a major nuisance in our neighbourhood but not just that, they also have the potential to make humans and animals sick. In Nigeria, wastes from homes may be considered major contributors and here is how. Besides the wastes dumped in prohibited places, even when they are left in authorized places, for the period when they are not collected, the bin bags may become damaged. Wind, rainwater and animals may transfer them into open gutter drainages, lawns, empty plots, landscaped areas, people homes and wherever you could possibly think of. Often times accusing fingers are pointed at the authorities. However, you should also consider how you could initiate and facilitate the pick-up of wastes from your locations.
It is simply not enough to provide the fancy indoor baskets and bin bags. You need to make sure that these wastes bags are collected for proper disposal by the appropriate authorities, agencies or groups tasked with such responsibility within your locality. For instance, in Abuja where I live, the Abuja Environmental Protection Board (A.E.P.B) is. But, how do we get AEPB to collect and dispose our wastes? The surest way to find out is to visit the board (we did) and do the following:
Meet the team
Who are they? They are the supervisors and the contractors in charge of the district within which the property is located. They include the address of the property to the district list.
Buy waste bin
For sure! For those who have no outdoor wastes bin. Depending on the quantity of wastes that is generated you would need to purchase one or two from AEPB authorised dealers. Basically, there are two types; the green plastic and the galvanized iron bins. Both the dealers and the bins can be found within the AEPB premises.
Now, this is where you really count:
Do regular checks
It is true that the obligation of the AEPB is to collect and dispose refuse at least two times a week but it is your right to call the district supervisors (you see…….here is another reason for meeting them) if your wastes are not collected.
You might also want to know this! Here is what to expect as regards billing and defaulting.
To determine the relevant rate, the team sends inspectors to assess the premises and consult the AEPB gazette. Per annum bills are delivered to the registered address otherwise it is proper to go the protection board and request for it.
Default on the annual bills results in the closure of the premises by the AEPB enforcement team. Mobile court hearing is usually arranged. Sometimes defaulters are also charged to the court of law.
Okay now that you know, it’s quite easy to educate anyone about this and help reduce littering. Just before I sign off, we at greennative are interested in knowing the challenges that you face with regards to wastes disposal within your locality. Send a mail to email@example.com or simply drop your comments in the comment box below.
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