NIGERIA: ban on single-use plastics in Lagos State

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Lagos State in southwestern Nigeria, which includes the country’s huge economic capital with almost 20 million inhabitants, has banned the use of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics on January 21, 2024. The measure is aimed at reducing pollution.

Cleaning up single-use plastics costs tens of millions of naira a day, and the Lagos authorities refuse to sacrifice environmental protection to the economic interests of a few wealthy business owners. Single-use plastic and Styrofoam (a form of polystyrene) are now banned in this state of some 22 million inhabitants in south-western Nigeria.

Fines will be imposed on companies that fail to comply with this measure, which aims to curb the impact of plastic on the environment. Street vendors and markets in Lagos use polystyrene containers to package food and products. This packaging is a health hazard for consumers, and its constant use has led to clogged roads and blocked sewers in the city, increasing the risk of flooding and threats to biodiversity.

 

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