By Omolara Akintoye
With the growing concern on plastic wastes and the danger placed on the environment, Nestle Nigeria, PLC, Lagos Business School has partnered WeCyclers Organisation; a recycling processing company to rid the environment of these wastes by developing a circular plastic economy whereby plastics are collected recycled and transformed into end products such as bottles, clothes among other things.
Speaking with the Business Development Manager, Wecyclers, Esther Chibueyi Fagbo, during a media tour of the facility sponsored by Nestle, and LBS, revealed that the collaboration has been rewarding adding that the centre gathered about 80 tonnes of recyclables in the last one month.
The media tour was part of the concluding session of the Nestle training for journalists at Lagos Business School (LBS), tagged: “Advancing Nutrition, Health and Environmental Awareness in Media”.
According to Fagbo, Wecyclers subscribers who submit plastics at their various collection points across the country have monetary reinbursement, adding that a lot of women are already earning a living from the scheme.
Speaking on the importance of recycling, Fagbo said “Plastics can take about 20 years to decompose, so the need for recycling is very important.
“We currently have 13 collection kiosks in different locations and Lagos in partnership with Nestle. We also have digital Apps to facilitate online transaction in waste carton, plastics, paper and cardboard with different payment categories. The company also have mobile trucks to collect plastics from communities”, she said.
Collection is a major challenge in recycling – Fagbo
“Collection is the major problem in the recycling value chain in Nigeria. We are not collecting enough. We are still in need of more partners. Imagine a gutter being filled up with plastics. When there is a proper collection process, those plastics should be in recycling factory.”
“We have two franchises with Nestle. The franchises are helping us to collect a lot of plastics from the environment. Last month, we collected about 80 tons of recyclables and we are hoping to do more in subsequent months,” she said.
On her part, the Public Affairs Specialist, Nestlé Nigeria Plc, Mrs Edidiong Peters, pointed out that the collaboration was strategic to address plastic pollution in the country.
She said it was part of Nestlé’s contribution to tackling environmental pollution in Nigeria.
“We are really delighted to have the media with us as we talk about collaboration with the Lagos Business School (LBS) Sustainability Center, in tackling plastic pollution.
“This is our own contribution in addressing plastic pollution in Nigeria and protecting the environment as a company. As a company, we recently launched the ‘The Employees Plastics Collection Scheme’.
We want our staff to bring the plastics and recyclables to the office.
“And in collaboration with WeCyclers, we ensure that the plastics are received and properly recycled and the staff paid for their contribution.
“At Nestlé, we are committed to protecting the environment for future generations and more of our actions in sustainability efforts will come up from time to time,” Peters said.
Also speaking the Senior Associate, Sustainability Center LBS, Ms Theresa Akpoveso, said the partnership would create more awareness on plastic pollution for Nigerians.
According to her, the LBS Sustainability Center in partnership with Nestlé wants to raise the awareness of environmental issues and nutrition.