By Oziegbe Okoeki
The Lagos state authorities is ready to place in place coverage pointers for plastic utility to make sure a sustainable administration of plastic waste which might curb the menace of accelerating plastic waste and its damaging impact on the surroundings.
The coverage pointers can even be backed up with applicable authorized framework to be established by means of an enabling regulation.
This was contained in an announcement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Mr. Tunji Bello on the weekend.
He mentioned the federal government can even put in place a method for figuring out and disseminating sustainable plastic waste administration data to the general public.
The technique, Bello mentioned, would additionally disseminate plastic waste Management data to others together with stakeholders in user-friendly codecs and likewise incorporate sustainable plastic waste administration data into authorities carried out public consciousness initiatives.
He pressured that plastic waste supplies make up a big proportion of strong wastes and litter in Lagos state including that it has develop into a extremely seen a part of the waste stream (PET, Styrofoam and nylon generally getting used for Water & drinks, take away plates & cups, Carrier baggage and others).
According to him, this growth is posing environmental challenges starting from Ecosystems degradation, Drainage clogging & flooding, Lagoon & Ocean particles with attendant hurt to human leading to excessive socio-economic impacts on the State.
The commissioner mentioned that efficient plastic waste administration is prime to supply of the state authorities’s precedence transformational agenda as laid down in Lagos State Development Plan (LSDP) as a result of it’s a useful resource that may be managed to realize financial, social and environmental advantages.
He added that sustainable plastic waste administration will create worth from the waste stream and formalize the waste-pickers’ sector to enhance livelihoods and cut back the stress on landfill saying that it’s going to enhance the state of affairs of the State’s drainage channels and cut back plastic air pollution within the marine surroundings.
Bello recognized the reason for the menace to poor administration of plastic waste that enters the surroundings by means of open dumping, open burning, and disposal in waterways.
The Commissioner mentioned that there can be state pointers for plastic utility to make sure a sustainable administration of plastic waste with applicable authorized framework established by means of a regulation with provisions for the continual implementation of the coverage.
“As a accountable and responsive Government, we are going to strictly be observant of the precept of partnership and residents’ buy-in.
“Private sector participation in plastic waste management activities to include but not limited to waste collection, transportation, building and operation of treatment plants, waste recovery and recycling” he revealed.
The commissioner mentioned that governments all around the world have taken motion to manage the quantity of plastic waste that will get into the surroundings by both banning the sale, charging prospects or producing taxes from the shops that promote plastic merchandise.
He acknowledged that the Bangladesh authorities was the primary to take action in 2002, imposing a complete ban on light-weight plastic baggage.
He pressured additional that between 2010 and 2019, the variety of public insurance policies meant to section out plastic provider baggage tripled. As of 1st August 2019, such bans have been launched in 70 international locations, with various levels of enforcement, while 33 international locations imposed a cost per bag coverage.