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Lagos bans styrofoam, single-use plastics

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By Fabian Ekeruche

The Lagos State Government has announced an immediate ban on the usage and distribution of styrofoam and other single-use plastics within the metropolis.

This is contained in a statement by Mr Tokunbo Wahab, Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, on Sunday in Lagos.

Wahab emphasised that the decision was prompted by the environmental impact of single-use plastics, particularly non-biodegradable styrofoam, causing issues in drainage channels despite regular cleaning efforts.

He highlighted the responsibility of the Lagos Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) in dealing with the substantial amount of styrofoam litter in major roads and markets.

The commissioner directed LAWMA and the Kick Against Indiscipline to promptly implement the ban and crackdown on production companies and distribution outlets for styrofoam to prevent further distribution.

Wahab warned of heavy fines, penalties, and possible premises sealing for non-compliance by producers, distributors, and end-users.

He stressed the need to address environmental desecration, especially in a coastal city like Lagos, urging residents to adopt alternatives like reusable containers to curb the consequences of indiscriminate plastic dumping. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Chinyere Nwachukwu/Chinyere Joel-Nwokeoma

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