Firm plans to recycle plastics on Lagos waterways
In order to preserve the coastal line, Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has concluded joint arrangements aimed at recycling plastics and municipal wastes along waterways in Lagos State and its environs. Nigerian Bottling Company/Coca-Cola, Nigerian Breweries, Seven Up, Nestle Nigeria Plc and Guinness Nigeria are also ready to involve in cleaning up exercise as part their civil responsibilities.
Vice Chairman of FBRA, Adekunle Olusuyi, told The Guardian in Abuja that they are looking at the entire packaging lifecycle, starting from bottles and cans to how they could be recycled and re-purposed in the city. He said they want to intensify awareness on separation of waste and environmental pollution, especially on post- consumer polyethylene terephthalate, PET bottles to other useful products.
According to him, “we want to reduce the waste we generate as much as possible as well as encourage recycling, and our initiatives in this regard has been well tailored in achieving tangible along with our partners.”
Olusuyi added that they are embarking on the clean-up in line with its commitment to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy of government to help build a sustainable healthy environment that leads to business growth.
“Recent survey indicates that the volume of post-consumer PET waste is over 800,000 tonnes, which requires participation of stakeholders at different stages to drive a robust circular economy,” he remarked.He therefore, urged other companies in the food and beverage sector to be part of FBRA, which has sworn in its resolve to protect the environment and help make the world packaging problem a thing of the past.
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