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The Monetization of Garbage

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Lagos, Nigeria, has made some progress in tackling its enormous waste problem, but much more can, and must, be done. As other cities have found, establishing the proper incentives, including financial inducements, would encourage residents of poorer neighborhoods, in particular, to participate in the clean-up of the city. BEREA, KENTUCKY – As a child growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, in the late 1990s, I remember women roaming through my community and chanting in Yoruba, “onigo de o! Anra bata rubber ati ayo t’on jo.” This translates as “The bottle peddler is here! We buy rubber sandals and leaky (aluminum) pots.” Some families would separate their waste, because they could give some of it to these women for cash.

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Lagos, Nigeria, has made some progress in tackling its enormous waste problem, but much more can, and must, be done. As other cities have found, establishing the proper incentives, including financial inducements, would encourage residents of poorer neighborhoods, in particular, to participate in the clean-up of the city.

BEREA, KENTUCKY – As a child growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, in the late 1990s, I remember women roaming through my community and chanting in Yoruba, “onigo de o! Anra bata rubber ati ayo t’on jo.” This translates as “The bottle peddler is here! We buy rubber sandals and leaky (aluminum) pots.” Some families would separate their waste, because they could give some of it to these women for cash.

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