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LASEPA introduces 'Cash for Trash' policy to avert environmental hazards

THE Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) has said it agency will give Residents cash rewards for plastic trash as efforts to encourage the ‘waste to wealth’ initiative and protect the environment from the negative impact of climate change.
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FB_IMG_1623249235980Speaking during the sensitisation walk, organised by LASEPA in collaboration with the Cleaning Practitioners Association of Nigeria (CPAN), held to mark the year 2021 World Environment Day (WED) themed “Ecosystem Restoration", the General Manager of the Agency, Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, called for collective action against indiscriminate disposal of plastics and all other recyclable waste to prevent consumption of polluted water and poisoned seafoods.

She emphasised the need to educate citizens on the consequences of indiscriminate disposal of plastics, its effects on the environment, benefits of recycling and clean environmental practices to good quality of life. She enjoined residents to apply self-regulation and enforcement to stem plastic pollution as the government cannot be everywhere to monitor and supervise all activities.

Fasawe submitted that ‘Waste to Wealth’ is a sustainable international initiative recognised worldwide with the objective of generating less waste, encouraging reusable materials as well as promoting recycling and conversion of waste to new products, which translates into income generation and job opportunities for our people. 

Dr Fasewe further noted that the process was important to create a clean and hygienic environment as key factors in the fight against the COVID-19 and reiterated the commitment of the Association in the fight against the menace of plastic pollution, urging the people to take responsibility for the care and protection of the environment that nature has bequeathed on us.

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