The Lagos State Government has stated plans are on ground to phase out the usage of PET bottles (polyethylene terephthalate) and sachet that are applied for packaging potable water.
Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) General Manager Rasheed Shabi disclosed this at the celebration of this year’s World Environment Day (WED), organised by the agency, saying that PET bottles and sachets may be banned in the next six months.
“The use of PET bottles and nylon bags, including the water sachets, will be phased out in the state before the end of this year because we have discovered that not only do these products end up blocking drainages and water channels, we have also seen that they are not easily degradable and are poisonous to the earth,” Shabi said.
Though the LASEPA chief did not elaborate on the modalities that would be deployed to actualise the plan, Shabi said the stoppage remains the only way to set an end to the perennial flooding being experienced in the country, which is primarily induced by blocking of drainages by pet bottles and pure water sachets.
He said the agency would soon hold a stakeholders’ meeting involving producers of water and pharmaceutical products in order to get them to commence the process of stopping the usage of the soon to be banned materials in the state.
Shabi noted that WED’s theme – “Go wild for wildlife,” is not just to help preserve and conserve further loss of biodiversity, but also to aid the protection of wild life, which would also translate to the protection of ‘life on land’ and ‘life below water’.
Said he: “Around the world today, the ecosystem is increasingly subjected to the negative effects of human population growth and its expanding ecological footprint. Global environmental change has altered physical and biological systems and is becoming an increasing concern for the well-being and survival of many species.”
He warned that the destruction of the habitat through the encroachment of human settlement, pollution of water, soil, air and illegal hunting in the wild, aimed at meeting the demand for hides and skins, traditional medicines, food, and tourists souvenirs, all threaten the continuous existence of some animal and plant species.