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…Set To Launch $4m Plastic Solutions In Nigeria, In Partnership With Coca-Cola Foundation and TechnoServe



In a bid to find a solution to Plastic pollution, which has become a global  pressing environmental concern,  the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with the Coca-Cola Foundation and TechnoServe Nigeria, is set to launch the Nigeria Plastic Solutions Activity (NPSA).
Cablenews24 reports that this came to the fire during the Nigeria Plastic Solutions initiative, funded by USAID and the Coca-Cola Foundation, aims to address plastic pollution by implementing innovative recycling solutions.
This Online News Medium understands that the goal is to recycle 49,000 metric tons of plastic waste in Lagos and Anambra states over the next two years. The U.S. Consul-General, Will Steven, who was represented by Kennise Hills, emphasizes the importance of promoting sustainability for the economy, health, and climate during the launch event.
The impactful initiative, funded equally by Coca-Cola and USAID with a combined investment of $4 million, tackles the critical challenge of plastic waste management in Nigeria through innovative recycling solutions.
With an estimated 2.5 million metric tons of plastic waste generated annually, there is an urgent need for concerted efforts to mitigate its impact on the environment and public health.
The primary objective of the NPSA was to recover approximately 49,000 metric tons of plastic waste in Nigeria while upscaling the collection capacity of over 24 aggregators and 9,500 collectors.
In addition, the program aims to create over 10,000 green jobs, driving circularity in plastic waste management and promoting a cleaner, healthier environment.
Also speaking, USAID Nigeria’s Mission Director, Melissa Jones expressed optimism about the impact of the Nigeria plastic solution activity. She believes that recycling 49,000 metric tons of plastic will greatly contribute to establishing a sustainable and circular plastic economy in Nigeria.
According to Jones, recycling plastics not only protects our environment but also creates opportunities for unemployed Nigerians to improve their economic situation.
Lagos state Commissioner for the environment and water resources Tokunbo Wahab, in his presentation, announced the State government’s dedication to transitioning from a linear to a circular economy, adding that they have created a Plastic Waste Management Policy to regulate and eliminate plastic waste.
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