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Wecyclers, Fair Plastic Alliance Host Stakeholders at the Plastic Waste Management Policy Workshop

Panel session at the Waste Management Policy Workshop

LAGOS, Oct. 1 2019 — For sustainable solutions to unleash the positive potential of plastic waste in Lagos, policymakers must take into account the dramatic impact climate change is going to have.

Wecyclers and Fair Plastic Alliance Nigeria in partnership with The Lagos Waste Management Authority and The Lagos State Ministry of the Environment hosted the first Plastic Waste Management Policy Workshop in line with the Lagos State Governor’s T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda.

This workshop had as its key objective developing a set of procedures and goals, to be used in negotiation and decision making to guide a more detailed set of policies for plastic waste management in the state.

With several environmental professionals and scientists in attendance, there were all unanimous in the call over the menace of plastic waste and dangers poses to the aquatic wildlife, the environment, sustainable food production systems and ultimately, the human life. The workshop partcipants called for exploring available science and technologies, more research and development efforts on not only recycling but also the development of more environment-friendly biodegradable alternatives to plastic bottles.

Wecyclers CEO, Olawale Adebiyi in his remark shared that attaching a price value to recyclable plastics would encourage individuals, households and groups to keep their plastic waste properly, sell such to recycling companies is a key way to incentivize and encourage people which in turn will change mindsets and free the environment of recyclable waste deposits to a very large extent.

Similarly, Mr Oluwadamilola Emmanuel, General Manager, Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA), said the waterways in the state are loaded with undesirable materials that threaten the aquatic wildlife. The population and the metro lifestyles that encourage consumption of bottled water, soft drinks and other plastic packaging materials have increased the volume of plastic waste deposited in the waterways, he explained.

On the other hand, The Lagos State Government revealed plans to coordinate the waste management system in the state.

An Assistant Director from the Environmental Services Department, Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Mrs Tolulope Adeyo, speaking at the workshop said the government would rebrand resource managers (scavengers) and assign them areas across the state to assist in the waste sorting process.

On her part, Founder, Wecyclers, Mrs Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, also admitted that apart from effects on the aquatic wildlife, the environment is deprived of necessary vegetation as the plastic materials on land retard proper vegetation. This, in turn, would affect farming, resilience building against climate change, and the need to beautify the environment for ecotourism.

Apart from recycling for bottle production, other products, as explained by BASF West Africa’s Director Dr Akintayo Adisa, is oil extract. He explained that because PET bottles are made from petroleum products, they could be recycled into oil that could serve various industry purposes using applied chemistry principles.

Dr Adisa disclosed that his organisition was moving to encourage individuals, households and groups to see plastic as a danger to the water body and earth surface, and hence should take advantage of getting empowered by disposing plastic waste responsibly.

In his closing remark, The Chief Executive Officer of  Wecyclers Nigeria Limited, Mr Olawale Adebiyi, called on the state government to develop policies that would encourage waste recycling and guarantee the sustainability of the management of plastic wastes in Lagos.

He said favourable government policies could attract both local and foreign investors in the management of the tons of wastes generated in Lagos State on a daily basis.

“We have already started seeing the effect of our bad disposal attitudes around us, the most noticeable of these is flooding, and this is why we at Wecyclers want to address this growing trend while also empowering some individuals involved in the value chain like those who are involved from the point of waste collection. We go as far as offering incentives to these individuals,” he said.

As a way forward, he suggested state and federal inter-agency collaboration to clean the waterways and preserve the aquatic environment and wildlife. The collaboration with recyclers, producers of plastic materials and other government agencies, he argued, would make the state and Nigeria as a whole clean of plastic deposits in the waterways.

Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and other plastic materials are not biodegradable. They remain un-degraded for over 200 years, thereby constituting a threat to soil fertility, environmental purity. They contaminate water bodies and escalate extinction of aquatic biodiversity.

Lagos State is described as the smallest in land mass but arguably the largest in population, is said to generate at least 13,000 metric tonnes of waste daily, and over 60 per cent of the waste is plastic, as disclosed by the Lagos State government agencies. However, the value of Lagos State plastic waste daily, by implication, is around N97.5 billion, apart from the waste flushed into the waterways and the oceans.

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October Editions

Recycling E-Waste

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Electronic waste, or e-waste, is a term for electronic products that have become unwanted, non-working or obsolete, and have essentially reached the end of their useful life. Because technology advances at such a high rate, many electronic devices become “trash” after a few short years of use. Thus, computers, cell phones, radio sets, refrigerators etc constitute e-waste. These items produce complicated multi-material waste with different proportions of metals, plastics and glass. They can be polluting if they are not adequately treated before disposal.

With the high demand for these electronic products Nigeria has literally been turned into an international dump site for all manner of electronic junk. A certain report published by the U.S. – based “San Diego Tribune” newspaper on December 2, 2005 reveals that up to 80 percent of electronic waste generated in the United States meant for recycling is quietly exported to other countries. These include some 350 million computers in use in the U.S. which are fast becoming obsolete.

Obsolete electronic devices are rapidly filling landfills across the globe. In the US alone, more than 100 million computers are thrown away with less than 20% being recycled properly. The EPA estimates as much as 60 million metric tons enter landfills every year.

But these products are not entirely useless as several parts can be recycled to very useful products. A recent report by Aljazeera which spotlights a Bolivian teenager turning e-waste into robots supports this and  Kodjo Afate Gnikou, a resourceful inventor from Togo in West Africa, has made a $100 3D printer which he constructed from parts he scrounged from broken scanners, computers, printers and other e-waste.

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What then is the proper way to recycle e-Waste?

Solving the e-waste problem starts with education, and habit changes as a result of knowledge. Most people are trained to recycle a newspaper, bottles, and cans. Almost anything electronic in nature can be recycled properly with effort. Some countries have transfer stations that accept e-waste for recycling. It is important to ensure that e-waste processors are fully certified in safe disposal of electronic waste.

Most electronic waste goes through a recycling system called a WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment), which not only recycles 95-98%, by weight, of all e-waste passed through it, but ensures that any data left on hard drives and memories are thoroughly destroyed too.

E-waste Recycling Process

Picking Shed – first all the items are sorted by hand and batteries and copper are extracted for quality control.

Initial Size Reduction Process – items are shredded into pieces as small as 100mm to prepare the e-waste for thorough sorting. This is also where the data destruction takes place.

Secondary Size Reduction – the small debris is shaken to ensure that it is evenly spread out on the conveyor belt, before it gets broken down even more. Any dust extracted is disposed of in an environmentally friendly way.

Overband Magnet – using magnets, steel and iron are removed from the debris.

Metallic & Non-Metallic Content – aluminium, copper and brass are separated from the non-metallic content. The metallic can then be reused and resold as raw materials.

Water Separation – water is used to separate plastic from the glass content. Once divided all raw materials can then be resold.

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