A campaign for the betterment of Plateau State especially the state capital with a hash tag “Jos city waste free” has been launched in Jos.
The street campaign which was organized by the Jos Green Center in collaboration with other sister organizations is known as Jos Waste Management Project.
The project kick started on Saturday morning along Ahmadu Bello way, to Tarminus Market Roundabout where the organizations staff and volunteers collected waste bins from shop owners into a Truck for final disposal.
The exercise according to the Project Manager of the Jos City Waste Management Project with the Jos Green Center, Mr. Emmanuel Kura, is to sensitize the public on the need for proper waste separation.
He said if people can be separating the waste, those who recycle them would not need to go to the dust bin in search of the recycling materials instead, they will go house to house or shop to shop to buy them which will in turn benefit the owner.
Mr. Kura noted that already they are pushing for a law through the State Assembly for a policy on primary waste management that will be backed by a law to encourage citizens on the need and importance of proper waste management in the state.
He said the suggested name for the proposed bill that is before the state Assembly is “Primary Level of Waste Separation Management” and if signed into law will make a great impact to the state.
During the exercise, the staff and volunteers cleaned the streets, distributed stickers for further enlightenment on proper waste management and sensitized shops owners and the general public on the need to always separate plastic, organic waste and polythene from their waste disposal for economic benefits.
The project in partnership with Tearfund, Plateau Environmental Protection Agency PEPSA, Jos Metropolitan Development Board JMDB, National Youth Service Corps NYSC among other organizations will be sustained, said the Project Manager.
Shop owners along the streets were delighted with the exercise and wish the program continues to keep the streets clean all the time.