Brewer commences plastic recycling to check pollution
Brewing firm, Nigerian Breweries Plc, has launched a plastic recycling project tagged “NB Recycles” among employees as well as its host communities, as part of its sustainability agenda of ‘Brew a Better World’ (BaBW).
As part of the project, various collection points will be set up in all its nine brewery locations across the country, as well as the respective host communities, to encourage the public to embrace the habit of recycling by returning all plastic bottles, aluminum cans, paper, cartons, nylon, and glass in exchange for monetary rewards.
In Lagos, the company has set up a collection point at its headquarters for staff, and also donated four recycling bins to the Ijora community in Lagos to promote community-led plastic recycling and combat plastic pollution in the area.
The NB Recycles project is being executed in partnership with Wecyclers, a waste recycler in Nigeria who will manage the collection, sorting, and recycling of all the plastic wastes brought in by employees and community members.
Speaking at the launch, the Chief Executive Officer of Nigerian Breweries Plc, Hans Essaadi said the project restates the company’s commitment towards environmental sustainability, especially in the areas of Plastic recovery and Recycling.
”The world has a plastic problem, and this problem is even worse for developing countries like Nigeria. Although less than five percent of our products are sold in plastic, we still feel a strong sense of responsibility to ramp up efforts towards plastic recycling in Nigeria”, Essaadi said.
Essaadi noted that the employee-led recycling initiative also complements the efforts of the Food and Beverages Recycling Alliance (FBRA), in creating a circular economy via recycling of plastic waste.
He noted that though the company contributes a minuscule percentage (5%) of plastic waste in Nigeria, it remains committed to ramping up efforts towards recycling plastic waste in the country.
In her remarks, the Corporate Affairs Director, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Sade Morgan described the project as one of several ways through which the company is driving awareness on plastic pollution and recycling among employees and host communities.
She thanked residents of the Ijora community, NESREA, Lagos Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, LAWMA for their constant support and encouragement on environment-related issues, affirming that the company is wholeheartedly committed to making the initiative a truly unqualified success.
Representative of the Ojora of Ijora and Iganmu Kingdom, Prince Kunle Aromire also expressed his profound appreciation to the management of the company for their concern and commitment towards improving the welfare of the environment and the people of Ijora and Iganmu communities of Lagos.
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