Environmentalist calls for Adoption of Ecobricks to check plastic pollution

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An environmentalist, Mr Emmanuel Emechete, has called for the adoption of Ecobricks to address the issue of plastic pollution in the country.

Emechete, a recycler and climate change expert, made this call in an interview with the Newsmen on Thursday in Lagos.

Ecobricks can be used to produce modular items, including furniture, garden walls and other structures.

“Ecobricks are produced primarily as a means of managing plastic waste by sequestering it and containing it safely, by terminally reducing the net surface area of the packed plastic to effectively secure the plastic from degrading into toxins and microplastics.’’

Emechete said that owing to a large amount of plastic generated in the country, the adoption of Ecobricks was one way to tackle plastic pollution.

“According to a publication by Voice of America in September 2019, Nigeria generates an estimated 32 million tons of solid waste per year, one of the highest in Africa.

“Of that figure, plastic constitutes 2.5 million tons.

“These figures show there is a high supply of plastic material for use.

If we adopt the production of Ecobricks it would be one of the methods to reduce the waste from pet/plastic bottle, though, it is not a perfect solution,’’ Emechete told newsmen.

According to him, when Ecobricks is adopted to build a house, it helps to reduce the number of pet bottles and under plastic waste on the streets in urban areas.

Emechete called for concerted efforts to address plastic pollution, saying: “there is no single approach to solving plastic pollution issues’’.