The Oyo State Government has launched a comprehensive door-to-door garbage evacuation operation after verifying 159 waste collectors in order to combat the threat of inappropriate waste disposal in the city.
In a statement released on Monday in Ibadan, Mr. Adey Adewuyi, the State’s waste management consultant, said that the city’s waste collectors—now referred to as “Mottainai Accredited Franchisees”—would be given the authority to expedite the removal of trash from the city’s streets and reestablish environmental sustainability.
The new method, he continued, forbids Oyo State homeowners and business garbage producers/generators from paying any licensed waste collector in cash.
“All payments are made through bank transfer, Point of Sale (POS) or Direct Deposit in the banking hall. Also, all former residential pick-up tariffs will be maintained with no increase whatsoever”, he said.
He said the verification exercise was done in collaboration with the Oyo State Waste Management Authority (OYOWMA), for Waste collectors that have been operating in Oyo State and some new companies that applied to work in the waste management sector.
“So far, 169 waste collectors, who have shown that they have some level of capacity, have been verified and are now known as Mottainai Accredited Franchisees (MAFs)”, he said.
Adewuyi said, with 21 Compactors, 3 Roro Trucks, 175 Open Trucks, and no (zero) Skip Trucks, the operational capacity of the MAFs is far below what is required to keep the state clean.
He however said his firm, Mottainai Recycling Ltd will empower them with operational trucks.
Adewuyi added, “we are confident that with the right tools, the new and existing MAFs will achieve greater efficiency”.
“In the meantime, all former PSPs, now MAFs, have been mandated to clean up Oyo State. Some of them have been assigned to return to their former slots, while others have been assigned new slots”.
The Waste Management consultant reaffirmed that the firm is committed to maintaining a clean environment.
Meanwhile, he hinted that the verification and accreditation of waste collectors in Oyo State is a continuous process.
He therefore appealed to companies with the necessary capacity to approach the Oyo State Waste Management Authority, to request verification and accreditation.
“Also, all complaints and requests for waste evacuation should be routed through our call centre. Please call 0700 080 0700 or WhatsApp 08181900004”, he concluded.