We are so pleased to see headlines like these and others today such as
A statement signed by the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, said the decision to ban SINGLE USE PLASTICS (SUPs) was reached following the menace that non-biodegradable styrofoam, were causing on the environment.
We have been creating awareness about this problem for a while – particularly the type of plastic that many Lagos street food vendors selling pepper soup and ofada rice use to sell their ‘fast food’. Unfortunately the effect of the use of these particular types of styrofoam plastics aren’t so fast and positive on our environment taking as much as 3000 years to decompose and potentially now forming part of our fossil record.
It is unfortunate that some Lagosians will be affected by this enforcement as the ban is to take immediate effect with clamp down on all the production companies and distribution outlets for styrofoams in the state to prevent further distribution.
As we termed it in our podcast, to take the bull by the horns requires a lot of courage and guts. We commend Lagos state for doing this and hope that other states will follow nationwide.
Listen to our podcast below and find out more about this HUGE environmental problem. The podcast is available HERE on SPOTIFY for podcasters and was hosted by @mikdon_j (IG) with guest – Sandra Atabo.