APM Terminals raises awareness on plastic pollution
APM Terminals Apapa, has harped on proper disposal and recycling of plastic wastes to reduce its harmful effect on the ocean, wildlife and humans.
Managing Director of APM Terminals Apapa, Martin Jacob, who led the team on an awareness campaign against plastic pollution in Lagos, said the exercise was aimed at raising the awareness of APM Terminals’ staff and the general community on the importance of environmental care through proper management of plastic waste.
The cleanup exercise was organized by APM Terminals Apapa in partnership with Wecyclers at the Ogogoro Island, a riverine community in Apapa, Lagos as part of the company’s 2018 “Go Green” campaign.
No fewer than 120 employees of the company, Wecyclers volunteers and residents of the community took part in the cleaning exercise; collecting trash and other litters from the shoreline of the island. The total waste collected weighed 228kg.
“Go Green” is a worldwide campaign set up by a number of leading container terminal operators and port authorities, with the aim of raising awareness of the global natural and social environment and improving conditions in these areas. The campaign is carried out annually through volunteer activities such as creating and upgrading local green spaces, launching educational programmes, adopting waste recycling measures and community engagement.
The APM Terminals Apapa boss who noted that it may be difficult to abolish the use of plastic bottles, said there is however, an urgent need to take action against plastic pollution in Nigeria to protect the marine environment.
He said, “In Nigeria, very often you see the whole place flooded.