NIGERIA – The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with the Lagos State government to clean-up the state’s inland waterways of plastic and plastic and eventually initiate recycling of the same.

A statement released by the group said that the initiative seeks to prevent plastic waste and other food and beverage packaging in the state by focusing on evacuation for recycling of packaging waste collected from the four inland waterways.

FBRA will provide funding for equipment, gears and personnel training while Lagos State Government will be responsible for structural civil works, managing execution, personnel, waste sorting centres and enforcement.

The two, collaboratively will enhance awareness creation and advocacy on appropriate packaging waste disposal systems, according to Beverage Industry news.

Collective approach in tackling plastics

The partnership came after months of positive collaboration between the FBRA steering committee and the Lagos State Government to enhance sustainability in the manufacturing sector.

Leaders in the industry are coming together to ensure protection of the environment, customers and the community.

FBRA is a collaboration on waste recycling and comprises of Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Bottling Company, Nestle Nigeria plc, Seven-Up Bottling Company and Nigerian Breweries Plc.

Chairman of the FBRA, Mrs Sade Morgan was quoted saying: “This announcement is just one step in the initial phase of a long-term commitment to effective plastic waste management.

We are committed to tackling one of the biggest issues threatening the sustainability of our planet and are excited about the positive impact this will have on our industry, and the nation at large.”

According to the statement, efforts by the FBRA and its steering committee has so far recorded recycling of almost one billion bottles into fibre; over 1,800 direct jobs on an average income of $6 per day; as well as the creation of synthetic fibre for local industries and export.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Ladi Lawanson said, “We are truly encouraged when the private sector proactively takes responsibility for the environment.

Packaging is vital to assuring the safety and effectiveness of food and beverages, as well as products from other industries, from pharmaceuticals to personal care and beyond.

However, pollution especially plastics poses considerable challenges to the sustainability of our environment.”

Last year, the alliance called on industry leaders to set up sector specific platforms to drive the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) policy on waste management.