MEMBERS of staff of Nestle Nigeria Plc and their partners embarked on Beach Clean Up at the Redline Resort Beach, Okun-Ajah, Lagos, with emphasis on proper waste disposal especially of plastic and other recyclable wastes.
The exercise, which was in observance of the 2019 World Ocean Day, drew attention to the need for caution in the disposal of wastes, especially plastics, as by 2030 the world would have more plastics in the oceans than fishes.
The theme for the 2019 World Ocean Day is: “Gender and the Ocean”.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports, 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean annually and this kills 100,000 marine animals annually, constituting a major challenge to achieving the 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development.
The Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Manager, Nestlé Nigeria, Mrs Victoria Uwadoka said one of the major issues in the environment was improper waste disposal especially of plastics, which clog up our waterways and get into the ocean.
She added: “We would probably have more plastics in the ocean than fishes and this should be a major concern to all of us.
“If our ecosystem is destroyed and we don’t have an ecology to provide us with the nutrition that we all need, then we have a serious problem.
“So, as we celebrate the oceans today, we are bound to ensure that the oceans are free of plastics.”
Uwadoka cautioned the public in the manner of proper waste disposal in order not to end up constituting a problem to the society in the nearest future. We should not be throwing wastes out of our cars and other vehicles, in the drainage systems and on the road.
“We should all be conscious of the impact that improper disposal of wastes can have on the environment.”
She warned that indiscriminate disposal of wastes would lead to a dirty environment and water-borne diseases.
“Malaria is encouraged when our plastics are gathered at one place and collect water providing an enabling environment for malaria causing agents to breed.
“So, the cleanliness of our environment is for our own good and I urge all of us to come together and play a part to ensure that we have a cleaner environment,” she said.
Waste management and recycling
THE founder of Recycle Points, the non- governmental organization (NGO) partnering with Nestle, Mr Mazi Ukonu, said that the partnership with Nestlé was to facilitate the clean up of Redline Resort Beach at Otomokpo Community, which is a community by the coastal area.
“The idea is to show a commitment to ensuring that these plastics do not get into the oceans,” he said.
Ukonu said that there were initiatives that reward people for bringing in recyclable wastes and urged people to take advantage of such initiatives.
“I encourage people to take advantage of these initiatives by desisting from littering the environment with plastics and recyclable wastes.
“If we continue to litter, the wastes end up at dump sites where they are eventually burnt and toxins are released into the atmosphere, which is not good for the environment,” he said.
He praised Nestlé for the initiative and urged other corporate organisations to initiate similar programs that would guarantee environmental sustainability.