REPORTER: PAMELA IGWE
Anambra State Ministry of Environment in collaboration with Anambra State Waste Recyclers Association is set to hold the maiden edition of All Anambra Community Plastic Waste Recovery challenge.
To this end, any community with the highest number of plastic wastes will be rewarded with one million naira.
The Commissioner for Environment, Dr. Felix Odimegu, who made this known during a news conference to mark this year’s World Environment Day, was hopeful that the state through the initiative would get rid of ten thousand tons of plastic wastes stuck in homes, drains, streets and waterways.
Dr. Odimegwu noted that plastic pollution causes environmental degradation, which leads to economic losses for communities and industries.
He explained that plastic pollution had transgressed into a crisis not just in Anambra State but globally, which required immediate and sustained attention and action.
As a way forward, the Commissioner explained that the five Rs of environment waste management sustainability: Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Repurpose and Recycle would help in achieveing plastic free Anambra State.
He commended Governor Chukwuma Soludo for attracting the recycling company at Nkwele in Oyi Local Government Area.
A representative of Anambra State Recyclers Association, Pastor Ben Agabe, gave an assurance that the association would put in effort to actualize a plastic waste free Anambra State.
In a remark, the Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Mrs. Awuli Iwuno, encouraged communities to get into the challenge not just for money but to keep their environment clean.
EDITED BY CHUKWUBUIKE MADU