By Ezra Musa
Kaduna State Ministry of Environment Director Yusuf Muazu said on Thursday that 24 private garbage disposal companies are removing trash daily across the state.
The director, who made this known in an interview with the Nigeria News Agency (NAN) in Kaduna, said the companies were mandated to ensure that central Kaduna, Zaria and Kafanchan are free of dirt.
He said the companies were responsible for controlling vegetation and waste, as well as sweeping, swift garbage disposal and stripping of watersheds.
Muazu said private waste disposal contractors would be paid based on their performance and evaluation by the Kaduna State Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA).
Muazu said the government was working on a recycling business for the state, with some investors waiting to key in.
He called on residents to take advantage of private recycling companies, however, adding: “When you recycle, you clean up the environment and earn money.
According to him, the production of waste is a reflection of people’s attitudes.
“We are faced with indiscriminate dumping of waste because the waste collection is free. If you are responsible for the waste you generate, it will be disposed of properly, ”he said.
Muazu said residents should take ownership of their refusal to create an income, stressing that “plastics are not garbage; they are resources. “
He also urged the people of the state to soak up the culture of recycling and stop the indiscriminate dumping of waste. (NOPE)
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