A campaign ran on radio by the Lagos State Waste Management Agency to push waste separation in homes, which is the primary sources of waste materials.

But that campaign did not really bring the needed change of attitude.

When it comes to disposing waste, Nigerians have not adapted the culture of separating plastic from other materials for the bin. But this attitude is one of the reasons there is flood when it rains in most communities.

This is where 'Waste 2 Wealth' comes in.

While individuals in their homes have refused to abide by the global standard practice of separating waste, some Nigerian tertiary institutions are pushing it and they are raking-in figures into their bank accounts.

Two universities, one in Lagos State and the other in Ogun State, both in south-wast Nigeria, are increasing income they generate from recycling waste, a little wonder investors look at the streets of Nigeria and see money.

The Community Development team of Covenant University had, in 2015, launched an initiative that called for student's participation in a 'Treasured Trash Challenge'.

In the challenge that lasted for 1 month and few days, the students were expected to come up with practicable initiatives that promoted proper disposal of waste, and that changed the story for the institution. 

There was financial rewards tagged to the challenge for the best three initiatives.

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A visit to the University of Lagos, will leave in the mind of the visitor, what the school is doing with the 'Waste 2 Wealth' initiative.

At every corner, you will find waste bins for different purposes stationed to inculcate the habit of separating waste within the community.

The university generates about 32.2 tons of wastes monthly from its 97,000 population, including visitors.

Now the institution is generating money from the initiative.

A Senior Environmental Engineer of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Mrs Sade Nubi, said the institution through its recycling initiative realised about 5 million Naira from waste generated by the university community.

The institution recycles at least 23 tons of waste every month.

This initiative, if well pushed, could be extended to homes to empower homes financially like it is done in developed countries.

A journey to development must begin with a change of attitude; one of which is proper waste disposal.

Consciously begin to separate waste in your homes today and save your community from drainage blockages that usually result to flood, the kind experienced in Lekki area of Lagos few days ago.

Many people are still suffering from the effect of the flood.