Lagos to Crack Down on Styrofoam Usage Starting Monday

Afaf Fahchouch
Afaf Fahchouch
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Lagos to Crack Down on Styrofoam Usage Starting Monday

The Lagos State Government has issued a stern warning to businesses and vendors as it gears up to enforce a ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam food containers across the state, effective from Monday.

Authorities have vowed to take decisive action against any shops found to be in possession of Styrofoam, with plans to seize and confiscate the prohibited material.

Styrofoam, a common material used for disposable plates in eateries, has come under scrutiny due to its adverse environmental impact, prompting the state government to implement the ban.

The decision to outlaw Styrofoam and other single-use plastics was announced by the government in January, citing concerns over the environmental havoc wreaked by these materials.

Despite a three-week grace period provided to Styrofoam users to phase out its usage, the impending enforcement has sparked mixed reactions among stakeholders. While some have raised concerns about the potential negative impact on businesses, others have voiced support for the government’s initiative to tackle environmental pollution.

In the absence of Styrofoam, some food vendors have resorted to alternative packaging materials such as nylon bags. However, complaints have arisen regarding the lack of affordable and sustainable alternatives provided by the government.

Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Wahab, emphasized the government’s commitment to promoting environmentally friendly alternatives to Styrofoam containers. He reiterated the importance of maintaining a clean and hygienic environment, urging market leaders to prioritize cleanliness in their respective areas.

Wahab also addressed the recent closure of some markets due to unsanitary conditions, urging traders to cooperate with government officials and adhere to environmental regulations.

In light of reported attacks on government officials during market inspections, Wahab called for cooperation from traders and emphasized the need to refrain from selling goods on railway lines, which pose serious safety risks.

As the state government prepares to commission the Red Rail line in the coming weeks, traders are urged to avoid trading activities on railway lines to prevent accidents and ensure public safety.


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