Stakeholders in the environment sector have reviewed the draft National Environmental (Plastic Waste Control) Regulation that would enable key players to check plastic pollution in the country.
Speaking at the meeting in Abuja, the Chairman of the occasion, Prof. Babajide Alao, said the gathering was meant to carry out the final review of the document, as the issue of plastics pollution has become a global challenge to humanity.
Alao explained that the world may have been bombarded with million tonnes of plastic to the extent that streets, dumpsites, gutters, streams, seas and oceans are filled with these dangerous products that lacked proper mechanism on how to handle it.
worked with Nigeria to promote the country’s circular plastic economy by putting in place regulations, hoping that when they are enforced, they will check and reduce the menace of wastes.
On his part, Sandeep Pahaiaya of Indomana Ventures Limited, hinted that there are millions of wastes, including plastic materials, “There are problems in collecting them; unfortunately, no regulation has been put in place. However, we are recycling millions of them here.
Ahmed Tiamiyu of Community Action Against Plastic Waste, said Nigeria is a net importer of plastic because of not refining crude oil, saying, apart from waste management problem, plastic pollution is a threat to public health and environment.
The Laurels International Magazine