In a collaborative effort with the Lagos State Government, the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) recently conducted a two-day workshop, ‘Trash Talk’, dedicated to combating packaging waste pollution within the state. This initiative brings together stakeholders from various sectors, including packaging and bottling industries, and government agencies, to collectively address the pressing issue of packaging waste pollution.
Under the theme, ‘Beating Packaging Waste Pollution in Lagos By 2025’, the summit encompassed a series of informative sessions and presentations led by experts from both private and public sectors. FBRA’s Chairman, Ziad Maalouf, emphasized the significance of this partnership, highlighting their shared commitment to a sustainable future with reduced packaging waste pollution. He expressed enthusiasm about collaborating with the Lagos State government, aiming to drive positive change within Lagos and Nigeria as a whole.
“To achieve our goal of combating packaging waste pollution in Lagos by 2025, we rally our stakeholders and partners. We believe that our collective passion can translate into tangible action, paving the way for a greener, cleaner, and more environmentally conscious Nigeria.
To emulate the strides made in waste management by countries like Indonesia and Rwanda, we co-facilitated the Trash Talk workshop. This event aims to further uncover our collective responsibilities in advancing sustainable development and address the obstacles hindering the widespread adoption of recycling practices in communities,” he further emphasized.
The Executive Vice Chairman of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC), Mr. Babatunde Irukera, stressed the critical importance of sustainability in global conversations. He underlined that sustainability directly impacts the habitability of our world over time. He called for united efforts from all stakeholders, including regulators, government bodies, civil society, financiers, private sector entities, and others, all of whom play a role in shaping the environment.
The workshop saw active participation from organizations such as the Food and Beverage Recycling Agency (FBRA), Bank of Industry, UNIDO, Seven-Up Bottling Co, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Lagos Business School, National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), Central Bank of Nigeria, World Bank, Zenith Bank, Nestle, Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC), Nigerian Breweries, Insight Redefini, and Quadrant MSL, among others.