OPINION: Oyo govt provide waste bins in the face of new environmental law

OPINION: Oyo govt provide waste bins in the face of new environmental law

Blessing ADELEYE

I am writing to express my concern about the new law regarding the dropping of waste and the lack of waste bins in strategic areas in Oyo State. As a responsible citizen, I am deeply troubled by the potential negative impact of this law on our environment and public health.


The proper disposal of waste is crucial for maintaining a clean and healthy environment. However, the absence of waste bins in sensitive areas, coupled with the restriction on dropping waste, presents a significant challenge for residents who are committed to following the law while also ensuring proper waste management.


I urge the Oyo State government to reconsider this policy and take proactive measures to address the issue. I propose the following steps to improve waste management in sensitive areas:


1. Provision of Waste Bins: The government should prioritize the installation of waste bins in public places, especially in sensitive areas such as parks, markets, and residential neighborhoods. Accessibility to waste bins will encourage responsible waste disposal and contribute to a cleaner environment.


2. Public Awareness Campaigns: Launching public awareness campaigns to educate residents about the importance of proper waste disposal and the potential consequences of improper waste management can help change behavior and promote a culture of responsible waste disposal.


3. Collaboration with Local Communities: Engaging local communities and stakeholders in waste management initiatives can foster a sense of ownership and responsibility for keeping their environment clean. Community-led efforts, such as clean-up drives and recycling programs, can complement government interventions.


4. Enforcement of Littering Laws: Strengthening enforcement of laws against littering and illegal dumping will deter individuals from engaging in irresponsible waste disposal practices. This can be achieved through increased monitoring and imposition of penalties for offenders.


I believe that by implementing these measures, the Oyo State government can effectively address the challenges associated with waste management in sensitive areas and promote a cleaner, healthier environment for all residents.


I respectfully urge you to consider these recommendations and take proactive steps to improve waste management practices in Oyo State. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated, and I look forward to seeing positive changes in our communities.


Adeleye, a former student unionist, sends this piece from Ogbomoso via +234 814 521 0922


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