NIGERIA – The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), a self-regulatory initiative for the recycling of used food and beverage packaging waste, has appointed Agharese Lucia Onaghise, as the Executive Secretary of the Alliance to drive its ambitious goal towards building a sustainable recycling economy in Nigeria.

As the Executive Secretary, Onaghise will drive the various campaigns and initiatives of FBRA and coordinate its activities to attain the desired goals, as a Producer Responsibility Organisation (PRO), reports BeverageIndustryNews(ng).

The move will further strengthen the recovery of food and beverage packaging waste in compliance with the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy of the Federal Government

Onaghise an Eco-Consultant has over 17 years of experience across Health Safety Environmental Consulting, Non-Governmental Organisation, Local Authority, Manufacturing, Telecommunications, Oil and Gas.

Prior to her new role at FBRA, she was Project Safety Health and Environmental Manager at Delta Afrik Engineering / Worley on the Mobil Producing Nigeria Projects then served as a Waste Minimisation/ Recycling Advisor at Hyder Consulting; Waste Watch and Business Eco Group in the United Kingdom.

She also had a stint as Technical Officer at World Health Organisation, in Bonn, Germany. She was also a Research Assistant at Imperial College, London and an Environmental Analyst Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC).

Onaghise is a postgraduate in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, London. She also holds a BSc. Degree in Microbiology, from University of Ilorin, Kwara State.

Commenting on her appointment she pledged to effectively drive the initiatives of FBRA to enviable heights, taking cognisance of the accolades it has received from stakeholders in the waste management sector, Lagos State Government and the National Environmental Standard Regulatory Enforcement Agency (NESREA).

FBRA was founded in December 2013, recycling used food and beverage packaging waste into synthetic fibre and other uses.

Its members are drawn from responsible and forward-thinking companies in the food and beverage industry which includes Nigerian Bottling Company Limited/Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Breweries Plc, Seven-Up Bottling Company Limited, Nestle Nigeria Plc, Guinness Nigeria Plc, Intercontinental Distillers Limited, International Breweries Limited, Tulip Cocoa, and Prima Caps and Preforms.

With its collection partners, RecyclePoints, West African Energy and Chanjadati among others, FBRA has been embarking on enlightenment campaigns in curbing environmental pollution caused by food and beverage packaging waste.

They have also been promoting proper disposal and separation of plastics that have in some ways contributed to flooding in Nigerian cities.