Ogun outlaws trading in discarded materials for safety, health reasons
The newly-passed Ogun State Waste Management Law 2020, has made it an offence for industries or producers to trade in discarded materials for health and safety reasons.
In a statement, yesterday, the Press Officer of Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA), Rotimi Oduniyi said the Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment-Waste Management, Mr. Ola Oresanya, made the proclamation while addressing the virtual general meeting of the state chapter of Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN).
Oresanya said only waste collection companies accredited by OGWAMA would be saddled with that responsibility. He said the new law has now put an end to poor handling of industrial wastes, which have been identified as a major source of hazardous waste contamination in the state, as well as unregulated waste trading among industries.
The Special Adviser also revealed that industries and producers must now provide information on characteristic of industrial waste, ensure proper storage of wastes within their premises, comply with the principle of duty of care on the environment, prior to collection of discarded materials by designated collectors and maintaining of regular interaction with OGWAMA Client Service Managers on a first responder transaction level.
Oresanya added that the state government through OGWAMA would provide indemnity clause for protection of discarded materials for industries or producers.
prevent flight-tripping and scrapping to protect the brand names and labels, issue regular environmental reports periodically, as required and develop reasonable tariff in response to prevailing market prices.
He therefore called on the industries or producers through their apex body -MAN to cooperate with the state government as the Law is centred on principle of circular economy, which will encourage responsible industrial production by reducing and recycling of materials generated during production life cycle, as well as promoting best practice in industrial waste management.