The Lagos government over the weekend, announced a ban on the usage and distribution of styrofoam and other single-use plastics across the state.
Announcing the ban of the products on X on Sunday, the commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, lamented that the single-use plastics have become a menace in the densely populated city. He also said the ban takes immediate effect.
Wahab said: “Following the menace which single-use plastics especially non-biodegradable Styrofoam are causing on the environment, the Lagos State government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources is hereby announcing a ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics in the State with immediate effect.”
Single-use plastic products (SUPs) are often used once, or for a short period of time, before being disposed while Styrofoam is a trademarked brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) used for building insulation on walls, roofs, and foundations.
It is also used to manufacture disposable plates commonly found at eateries or used by caterers.
Story was adapted from The Nation.