Visionscape Sanitation Solutions, a waste management company in Lagos has completed the refurbishment of the Tapa Transfer Loading Station (TLS), the first of its kind, in Lagos Island. The TLS is a fulcrum of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI). Bennett Oghifo and Fadekemi Ajakaiye report
The Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI) was established to address, enforce and regulate the challenges in solid waste management systems within Lagos State.
According to the government, the initiative focuses on environmental remediation and fulfills the state’s commitments to the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Tapa Transfer Loading Station (TLS) is a new facility in Lagos Island that will serve as one of many hubs, strategically located throughout the state to enable Visionscape temporarily deposit collected waste from within city limits, transport them in bulk to landfills after processing.
The Tapa TLS is the first completed TLS as the company is currently renovating other stations in Mushin, Agege and Oshodi as part of its mandate to provide integrated waste management solutions for the treatment of municipal solid waste and wastewater under the Cleaner Lagos Initiative. Visionscape will manage the processing and transfer to the landfills across the State.
The Transfer Loading Stations (TLS) are expected to receive approximately 6,700 tons of waste a day. Each TLS will include features such as weighbridges, as well as disposal depot points and maintenance bays, housing hundreds of vehicles. Facilities will also include administrative buildings, cafeterias, hostels and more.
The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Environment, Mr. Abiodun Bamgboye also added, “Visionscape have proven their commitment to developing and implementing advanced processes in solid waste and wastewater management operations by disrupting the market with an innovative approach. Their state-of-the-art TLS’s will be a game changer in our sector.”
Mr. Thomas Forgacs, the Chief Operating Officer, Visionscape, stated that, “Transfer Loading Stations are the unsung heroes in the waste management supply chain; they’re fundamental in driving efficiency into waste collection and transportation services.
Forgacs said the Transfer Loading Stations will serve as the middleman between waste collection vehicles and the final disposal facilities.
Visionscape will continue to use innovative approaches to enable effective waste management processes that are required to meet the demands of our continuously growing megacity, he stated.
Also, Visionscape Sanitation Solutions has received a consignment of a brand new 100-vehicle waste management fleet embedded with cutting-edge technology. The shipment consists of a series of waste trucks, from various rear end loaders to operational vehicles.
The company is set to begin operations across the State to roll out the next phase of their contract for the Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI).
The CLI, which was established to address, enforce and regulate the challenges in the solid waste management systems within Lagos State, has taken the initiative and is focused on improving the environment to make it cleaner, safer and healthier for all Lagos State residents, as well as developing operational efficiency.
Forgacs also stated that the addition to the waste management fleet is in line with the commitment to provide integrated waste management services, using state-of-the-art equipment and innovative solutions to help transform megacities.
“In the last six months, we have surveyed all of Lagos State and collated vital data to aid operations. We, therefore, understand population density of the communities and areas that will be serviced, even up to the number of streets and households across the State.
This preliminary assessment has aided us to know the amount of waste that will be generated in any particular location,” Forgacs stated.
Visionscape is currently in a public-private partnership with the Lagos State Government, set to provide management services for the CLI, under the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).
As a pioneer in environmental solutions, the Visionscape trucks are fully equipped and embedded with cutting-edge features, which includes a Global Positioning System (GPS), radio-frequency identification (RFID), and automotive Controller Area Network (CAN bus) system.
These innovative features are designed to meet the operational needs facing waste management across the State. Using these methods, Visionscape will be able to monitor and track the State’s waste collection process thoroughly, ensuring the trucks are deployed for effective waste collection within Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) and Local Government Areas (LGAs).
Visionscape currently holds the residential waste collection contract for the State, and the management of three operating waste transfer loading stations, which are currently being renovated, under LAWMA. Visionscape have also begun construction of West Arica’s first engineered landfill in Epe. To-date, the company has successfully cleared over 1,000 litter black spots and illegal dump sites across Lagos State, as part of their pre-operational phase.
During a tour of the facility, the Executive Director, SWM Solutions, Tolagbe Martins said, “The Cleaner Lagos Initiative is creating an enabling environment. Before now, there was only a focus on disposal and no system to support the waste beyond collection. The collection is the beginning of the cycle, and the CLI is providing a world class sanitation structure that includes mechanised sweeping by trained community sanitation workers, transfer loading stations, sorting and recycling, innovative waste bins, regular waste collection and more. We are pleased to inform you that the work which has been going on over the past 15 months is rolling out now.”