In an attempt to address environmental concerns, the Lagos State Government has officially banned the usage and distribution of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics in the State with immediate effect.
Styrofoam is used for many things such as insulation, packing materials, egg cartons, meat trays and even school projects. The most common use is for disposable takeaway packs, drinking cups, plates, and take-out containers. The packing Styrofoam usually comes in loose forms called peanuts.
The announcement was made by the Commissioner for Information and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, through his official Twitter handle.
Wahab highlighted the adverse impact of non-biodegradable Styrofoam and other single-use plastics on the environment, emphasizing the urgent need for decisive action.
According to him, the ban, initiated by the Lagos State Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, aims to curb the environmental menace caused by these materials.
With this prohibition, individuals, businesses, and establishments across the state are required to cease the use and distribution of Styrofoam and other specified single-use plastics.
“Following the menace which single-use plastics especially non-biodegradable Styrofoam are causing on the environment, the Lagos State government (@followlasg) through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources (@LasgMOE) is hereby announcing a ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics in the State with immediate effect,” he wrote.
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