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Lagos orders ban of “takeaway packs”

In a bid to address the escalating environmental challenges posed by plastic pollution, the Lagos State Government has swiftly implemented a ban on single-use plastics and Styrofoam packs, commonly known as ‘takeaways,’ effective immediately.

The announcement was made by the Commissioner of the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, in a statement released on Sunday. Wahab highlighted the severe environmental impact of these plastics, causing blockages in drainage channels despite regular cleaning efforts.

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“Most drainage channels in the state are daily clogged up by Styrofoam and other plastics through its indiscriminate distribution and usage despite the regular cleaning and evacuation of the drains with humongous amounts,” the statement noted.

Commissioner Wahab emphasized that the state cannot allow the continuous degradation of its environment, particularly for a coastal city like Lagos. As part of the immediate action plan, the Commissioner directed the Lagos Waste Management Authority and the Kick Against Indiscipline to begin the enforcement of the ban promptly.

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“He asked the two agencies to clamp down on all the production companies and distribution outlets for Styrofoam in the state to prevent further distribution,” the statement added.

Producers, distributors, and end-users of Styrofoam packs were sternly advised to comply with the ban or face significant penalties, including heavy fines and the sealing of their premises.

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Commissioner Wahab also urged consumers and residents to opt for reusable food containers and water bottles, emphasizing the importance of embracing sustainable alternatives.

This move follows persistent efforts by Lagos State to combat plastic pollution, with annual plastic garbage production estimated at 870,000 tonnes.

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