The Nigeria Bottling Company, NBC, has thrown its weight behind the Lagos Recycle Initiative.
The company said it is in total support of the recycling agenda of the Lagos State Waste Management Agency, LAWMA, and is ready to work and collaborate with the agency to achieve the much needed result.
The Managing Director of NBC, Mr. Matthieu Seguin made this commitment on Tuesday when he met with the MD/CEO of LAWMA, Mr. Ibrahim Odumboni and other managment team of the agency at the Lagos Mainland office of the bottling company.
Mr. Sequin who is also the Chairman of the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, FBRA, said arrangements are already on ground to begin an incentive system to support small scale recyclers in the state.
Noting that the adoption of recycling culture of LAWMA by members of FBRA will play a major role, and redefine the way Lagosians approach plastic and other pet bottles, Mr. Odumboni commended FBRA and NBC for their support and willingliness to work with the agency.
Nevertheless, Mr. Odumboni frowned at the attitudes of some of their members, who are delibrately overlooking the Pakam App. and going directly to aggregrators to get the recyclables.
The LAWMA boss appealed to FBRA to support the Pakam App. by showcasing the logo of Pakam on the labels of their packages, thereby creating the much needed awareness, encouraging residents to download the application on their mobile devices and be a part of the movement.
Furthermore, Mr. Odumboni issued a directive, mandating all packaging company within the state to register their membership with FBRA, as failure to do so will attract penalty.
He said it has become necessary to unite all fronts, if the war against plastic pollution must be won.
“It is compulsory for all packaging companies to join FBRA so that we can unite our strength and work with a common goal which is to create a plastic-free community.
“The purpose is to cut down drastically, if not, eliminate the numbers of plastics and pet bottles that end up on the street, drainages and canals,”he said.
Mr. Odumboni enjoined the NBC to look into the issue of grants being offered to recyclers, noting that there is the need for an upward review of the money paid to aggregrators, who do the tough job of picking these bottles from the streets.
According to LAWMA, the idea of grants for recyclers and cash reward for aggregrators, will go a long way to encourage everyone in the recycling chain.
The system is already in place and running effectively by the agency.
LAWMA through its incentive system has rewarded over one hundred residents of the state who have registered on the Pakam App. and have completed atleast one cycle of pick-up.