The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance has cleaned up the Arena Market in Oshodi, Lagos as part of efforts to mark the World Clean-up Day, which is celebrated globally on September 15 to combat solid waste problems.
The exercise, which was in collaboration with Recycle Points and the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, was used to enlighten traders and shoppers on issues relating to proper disposal and separation of plastic from metal and food waste, recycling, healthy lifestyle and other measures aimed at curbing environmental pollution.
The Chairman, FBRA, Mrs Folasade Morgan, said the initiative was the company’s corporate social responsibility for creating awareness on the positive impacts of cleaning the environment.
Morgan, who was represented at the exercise by the Public Affairs and Communications Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria, Mrs Nwamaka Onyemelukwe, noted that to achieve environmental preservation, Nigerians should imbibe the culture of proper waste disposal and separation for easy recycling for other useful products.
She identified pet bottles as a major cause of blockage to drainages and water channels and said that the value chain involved in the recycling process of pet bottles could lead to job and wealth creation.
She said the Arena Market was chosen for the clean-up because it was strategically situated with lots of people, “and it was a collection hub for its partner, Recycle Points.”
She said, “The clean-up at the Arena Market was aimed at reinforcing the consciousness of the global action on Nigerians that the environment should be free from plastic pollution, especially waste from PET bottles, which hardly degrade.”
Commending FBRA for the exercise, the Assistant Director of Environmental Services, Waste Management Division at the Lagos State Ministry of Environment, Mrs Tolulope Adeyo, said the campaign was worth emulating.
She said, “The state government would be interested in working with FBRA to get rid of plastic waste from the environment, especially PET bottles from the lagoon and canals, in order to save aquatic lives.
“The industrialisation level in the state has generated huge waste and raised concerns from the public and private sector. FBRA’s intervention, either in collection or recycling, has saved the situation to a considerable extent.”