Kaduna introduces reward system to mop up plastics bottles, bags

Ahmed Nasir El-Rufai, Gov. Kaduna State

The Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Kaduna State Environmental Protection Authority (KEPA) have set up 10 transfer stations for collection of plastic bottles and bags in Kaduna metropolis for a reward of drinks, recharge cards and packets of noodles, among others. 

The collection which commenced yesterday will last till December 15, 2017 at transfer stations around LEA Primary School, Ungwar Boro; Transfer station under bridge Sabon Tasha; LEA Primary School Maraban Rido; Waziri Road (Layin Waya), Rigasa; LEA Primary School, Badarawa; SMC, Ungwar Dosa; KTL, Kakuri; Gumi College, Tudun Wada; LEA Primary School, Maimuna Gwarzo and LEA Primary School, Kawo.

Speaking at the end of a 15-kilometre road walk tagged, ‘Say No to plastics Kaduna Initiative’ organized yesterday to flag-off the plastics mop up exercise in the state, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Mrs. Amina Dyeris-Sijuwade lamented that plastics contain some chemicals that were difficult to degrade and as such constituted a threat to the ocean, homes, environment and living organisms.

“The road walk was aimed at sensitizing the public about the nuisance of plastic bottles and bags which are largely non bio-degradable and as well pollute the environment particularly our soil, drainages, homes and inevitably constitute environmental hazards. So, we are out to let the public know why it is important to dispose their plastic wastes properly. This is a pilot programme, so, we are going to continue with the campaign. We are doing this in partnership with monetary agency and KEPA. They have been carrying out sensitization in schools, we have started with road walk today and we are going to be running concurrent and parallel efforts to carry on with the campaign,” she said

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