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Professionals to rid Lagos of 5 million plastic wastes

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Some members of Humanity Nigeria made up of young professional volunteers display plastic wastes that was converted to Artwork.

Humanity Nigeria, made up of young professional volunteers from diverse backgrounds, have put plans to remove about five million plastic wastes from Lagos environs.

With the vision for a clean environment and a safe earth for all, the 120-hour world challenge of picking the five million plastic bottle wastes would be removed from the streets, gutters, and canals in Lagos.

Within these five days, the group will also attempt to beat the Guinness World Record, as the team with the highest number of plastic bottles collected in the world.

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The Creative Director, Olafemi Olabode-George, who expressed optimism of total victory as he leads the team for the Guinness World Record, said about 80 per cent of the plastic water bottles end up in landfills, and takes up to 1,000 years for every single bottle to decompose.

He said the team will be assisted by volunteers from the Nigerian Youth Congress (NYC), and National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), while members of the public will also have the opportunity to join in the five-million plastic wastes challenge during the public participation day.

He maintained that Humanity Nigeria is the fastest growing brand in Africa, comprising young people that are concerned about caring for the earth and humanity, through public-spirited participating events and activities.

During the period, Olabode-George said the team would record all that were picked and raise awareness on the need to protect the earth and save the environment from pollution and abuse.

He said: “In this maiden edition, the team has identified one major area to focus on, which is, the pollution caused by plastic bottle wastes. A whopping 91 per cent of plastic does not get recycled from the 8.3 billion metric tonnes produced; 6.3 billion metric tonnes become plastic waste.

“So, the challenge is simply to put together a team of volunteers called the Earth Ambassadors, to rid the country of as much plastic bottle wastes as possible in a short period of time, while ensuring that they go for recycling,” he said.

The Earth Festival Nigeria 2020, which will be flagged off by the Festival Chief, Lillian Visinoni would hold from September 22 to 27.

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