Kaduna residents to pay monthly fee for waste collection.

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The Zoom Lion Global Alliance, a waste disposal company, says residents of Kaduna state will soon begin to pay between N200 and N3,000 monthly levy for door to door waste collection.

The company’s Managing Director, Mrs Abiola Bashorun, disclosed this during an assessment tour of dump sites and transfer station in Kaduna on Wednesday.

Bashorun said her company had been given the approval by the Kaduna State Government to embark on smooth waste management as well as improve the state’s internally generated revenue.

According to her, the rate of waste generation in the state is extremely high when compared to other bigger states, hence the need for strategic intervention to meet up with the challenge.

“The levy will be based on property, location and income cadre.

“People in GRA with the biggest house will be paying N3,000 while in places where we have low income earners will be levied as low as N200 monthly,“ she said.

The managing director said the door to door waste evacuation would help in generating money for the state.

Earlier, State Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mr Shehu Giwa, said residents would equally make enough money from waste they generated to augment the monthly levy.

According to him, when the three dump sites and 10 transfer stations currently under construction are completed, it will make the state to become one of the best in terms of environmental friendliness in the country.

“When the three dump sites in each senatorial zone and 10 transfer stations; six in Kaduna, three in Zaria and one in Kafanchan are completed, our state will be the cleanest.

“The second stage is where we will begin recycling and we will be transforming waste to wealth.

“ We will be recycling both organic and inorganic fertiliser, industrial materials and energy,” he said.

All these plans, he added, were two sides of the coin, adding that while government was trying to make the state better, residents who were beneficiaries should also play their own role.

“We can have the state we all dream of when all of us can cooperate with the government by carefully disposing our waste,’’ the commissioner said.

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