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Just In: Lagos Government Bans Sale And Use Of Take-Away Foam Plastics

The Lagos State Government has banned the usage and distribution of single-use plastics, including Styrofoam, in the state with immediate effect.

Tokunbo Wahab, the Commissioner for the Environment and Water Resources, made the announcement in a statement on Sunday.

He said, “Following the menace that single-use plastics, especially non-biodegradable Styrofoam are causing on the environment, the Lagos State government (@followlasg) through the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources (@LasgMOE) is hereby announcing a ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics in the state with immediate effect.”

Wahab also directed the State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and the Kick Against Indiscipline to immediately commence the implementation of the ban.

According to him, styrofoam accounts for the majority of the littering on major roads and markets, which LAWMA has to deal with every day.

He said that the state’s action is based on several enabling laws and regulations, such as the National Environmental (Sanitation and Waste Control) Regulation 2009, which was established pursuant to the NESREA Act and prohibited and specifically banned single-use plastic in the country but has not been enforced.
Other laws, according to Wahab, include the 2017 State Environmental Management and Protection Law, which states under Section 56(I) (y), “prevent, stop, or discontinue any activity or omission that is likely to cause harm or has caused harm to human health or the environment.

He advised consumers and residents to boycott styrofoam packs and single-use plastics while imbibing the practice of using reusable food containers and water bottles for their food and drinks.

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