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Lasgidis Recyclers drives home message of clean environment with waste collection project in Lagos

Idu Okwuosa at the event.

Lasgidis Recyclers, a Lagos-based environmentalist social enterprise, takes its campaign for a friendlier environment a notch higher on Saturday September 28, 2019 with a waste collection exercise to commemorate the World Clean Up.

To kick off from Freedom Way, Lekki, Lagos, the exercise will entail the collection of plastic wastes for recycling, while raising awareness on the imperative of sustainable, prevention, recycling and reuse of plastic wastes.

Idu Okwuosa, founder and chief executive officer of LasGidis Recyclers, in an exclusive chat, said creating awareness about the risk that the indiscriminate dumping of plastic wastes, both to humans and aquatic life, poses, demands the collaborative of everyone to tackle.

Nigeria, she said, is the seventh largest producer of plastic wastes in the world, which according to latest global reports, ‘threaten the nation’s oceans and aquatic habitat.’

“Our organisation, the waste management arm of SFQ Ventures Limited, has hosted over 100 events involving about 1000 volunteers and youths, in pursuant of zero-tolerance to plastic pollution. Recycling is the panacea for indiscriminate disposal of wastes. Hence the vision of the organization, which is a social enterprise, is to ensure a cleaner Lagos, where people sort their garbage at home, before they are evacuated by Lagos Waste Management Agency (LAWMA).”

With the exercise coming on September 28, Okwuosa said there is no better way of wishing Nigeria a resounding 59 independence anniversary than ushering in a clean and friendly environment.

The World Clean Up Day idea by Lasgidis Recyclers is a self-funded initiative by the organization. The company plans to make it an annual event.

Okwuosa urged everyone, including the corporate to join the awareness campaign for the recovery and recycling of post-consumption plastic packaging waste in Lagos State and across the country.

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