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LASEPA bans use of pet bottles, single-use plastics, others among staff

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The Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has condemned the increasing rate of single-use plastics, pet bottles, polystyrene and other non-biodegradable wastes in different parts of the state, saying there is an urgent need to revert the trend with the encouragement of reusable plastics or biodegradable materials.

The Permanent Secretary, Office of Environmental Services, Lagos State Ministry of The Environment and Water Resources, Mrs Belinda Odeneye, said this during the official launch of the ban on single-use plastic among the staff of LASEPA.

She stated that all hands must be on deck to guarantee improved health for Lagos residents while, on the other hand, reducing the rate of some avoidable loss of lives caused by polluted environments.

Odeneye appreciated LASEPA for championing the advocacy on reusable plastics and for setting the pace for environmental sustainability for emulation by other Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs of the state government.

In her words: “The Ministry of Environment and Water Resources has a Plastic Waste Management Policy in place, we also have a recycling Bank for plastic wastes within its premises where people can exchange their plastic wastes for money”.

She, however, urged residents to be mindful of the health implications of their attitudes to the environment, saying all unhealthy environmental attitudes have a vicious cycle effect on the lives of every resident.

LASEPA General Manager, Dr Dolapo Fasawe talked about LASEPA and its functions. He described it as the agency in charge of environmental protection leading its talk with the launch of the ban on single plastic use among its staff.

Fasawe said: “Today, I will be handing over some dispensers as well as some reusable items to all the departments and units as my personal contribution to this campaign on the ban of single-use of plastic by LASEPA.”

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