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Lagos Govt. may ban usage of disposable plastic items, others

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

As a measure to protect Lagos environments for human habitation, the State Government has disclosed plans to restrict the use of disposable plastic, pet bottles, and others often used only once before being thrown away and recycled.

It said that the restrictions were been considered due to an increase in usage of single-use plastics, pet bottles, polystyrene, and other non-biodegradable wastes around the state, saying these items affect the environment.

According to the government, an urgent step is needed to revert the trend with the encouragement of reusable plastics and biodegradable materials among Lagosians.

The plan was disclosed during the launch of an official ban on single-use plastics and others among the staff of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) at the Secretariat in Alausa, Ikeja.

As gathered, after the staff, the idea could be extended to other parts of the state, in order for them to also embrace the policy designed to protect the ecosystem in Lagos.

Addressing the staff, Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Lagos State Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources, Belinda Odeneye, said that all hands must be on deck to guarantee quality health for the citizenry.

While arguing that death linked to a polluted environment could be averted, she appealed to Lagosians to be mindful of the health implications of their attitudes to the environment.

The permanent secretary stressed that all unhealthy environmental attitudes have a vicious cycle effect on the lives of every resident in the state.

On her part, the General Manager of LASEPA, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, explained that the agency was experimenting with the feasibility of the ban before making recommendations to other government agencies to embrace the advocacy on reusable items and ban on single plastic use.

Fasawe said: ” Today, I will be handing over some dispensers as well as some reusable items to all the departments and units as my personal contribution to this campaign on the ban of single-use of plastic by LASEPA.

“Beyond giving out these items, the long-term goal is to ensure compliance by all the staffs of this agency because I want the ban on these items to be effective and I also want all the staffs to become advocates of this initiative in their respective places of residence.

“This is Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency and we have to be proactive, we have seen that people are not working the talk
There are a lot of meetings and conventions where we talked about plastic pollution with different NGOs but nothing or little has been done so far about the various recommendations.

“This is the reason why LASEPA as a front runner in terms of environmental protection decided to practice what we preach. ”

The General Manager recalled how the journey started last year with the ban on single-use plastic within LASEPA.” After this, we started sorting our waste, pet bottles, paper waste, and vegetal waste and I realized that the pet bottles were filling our dust bins faster than other waste items.”

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