The Food and Beverages Recycling Alliance (FBRA), a coalition of responsible and forward-looking companies united by a shared concern for the environment and a commitment to promote sustainability through recycling, threw its full support to the Lagos State Waterways Authority (LASWA) at the launch of the Waterways Clean-up campaign which held this Wednesday in Lagos.
The FBRA comprises nine member companies, including Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC), Nigerian Breweries PLC, Nestle Nigeria PLC, Seven-Up Bottling Company PLC, Guinness, AB Inbev, Intercontinental Distilleries, Prima Corporation and Tulip Processing.
Through the clean-up campaign, LASWA seeks to work with other interested stakeholders to take the message of imbibing a clean environment to streets and markets in some parts of Lagos.
The authority said that educating members of the public has become necessary due to incessant abuse of the waterways through the dumping of human waste, industrial waste from companies, littering with cans, bottles, used food wrappers, nylon bags, and other waste products.
Speaking at the event, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor of Lagos State, who was represented by the Commissioner of Transportation, Frederick Abimbola Oladeinde, commended LASWA, FBRA and other stakeholders for coming together to work towards a better environment for Lagos.
He said, “Water transportation is a vital part of this administration’s drive to achieve a megacity and environmental sustainability. We aim to reduce traffic on the road by utilising the waterways. Government’s investment without considering the waterways would be a waste which is why Lagos State Government has launched a fleet of boats.”
The Chairman of the Food and Beverages Recycling Alliance, Matthieu Seguin, who doubles as the Managing Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Limited (NBC) said that the FBRA was delighted to be a part of the initiative by the Lagos State Waterways Authority to drive awareness and inspire positive action to ensure our waterways are cleaner and safer for navigation and transportation.
Seguin said: “The vision of the FBRA is to pioneer the establishment of a world-class industry compliance model on the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) program in Nigeria.
“FBRA has the mandate to enable the recovery of post-consumer packaging waste, especially plastics, from the environment through industry-led thought-leadership, policy drive and sustainable partnerships with various stakeholders in the waste management value chain in Nigeria,” he said