Lagos bans ‘take away’ plates and other single-use plastics

Lagos State government has banned the use and distribution of styrofoam — the material used to make the ‘take away’ plate, popular for packing food at parties and from restaurants and other single-use plastics in the state.

The sudden ban is with immediate effect.

The ban was announced in a statement by Tokunbo Wahab, the state’s commissioner for environment and water resources.

Wahab said the styrofoam and other single-use plastics have become a monster of some sort to the environment especially because they are non-biodegradable.

He noted that these plastics have also been found blocking drainages in the state because of their indiscriminate use in the state.

His words “Our state cannot be held hostage to the economic interests of a few wealthy business owners compared to the millions of Lagosians suffering the consequences of indiscriminate dumping of single use plastics and other types of waste.”

The commissioner pointed to diseases and other inconveniences caused by the use of such plastic materials.

He however encouraged the use of containers that can be reused over and over again, asking residents of the state to consider it a sacrifice to make to avoid bigger problems.

His words “The convenience of single-use plastic comes at a huge cost to te society. We must all make small sacrifices for our collective well-being,” the commissioner said.

While stressing that the largest part of waste that the state’s waste managers have to deal with is styrofoam and other such plastics, he also called for arrest of anyone found breaking the law regarding the ban.

He has subsequently directed LAWMA and the Kick Against Indiscipline to immediately commence the implementation of the ban.

He has equally asked two agencies, Lagos Waste Management Authority and Kick Against Indiscipline, to clamp down on all the production companies and distribution outlets for Styrofoam in the state to prevent further distribution.

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