Nigerian waste recycling businesses want recycling industry harnessed

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Waste recycling enterprises have urged the Federal and state governments, stakeholders and other Nigerians to harness the potential in waste management and recycling industry.

The recyclers who were also exhibitors at the launch of the “Wealth is Here” campaign by the British America Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) made the plea in Lagos.

They made the call at the sidelines of the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between BATN and RecyclePoints at the campaign launch in Lagos.

The Managing Director of CYRUS 45, a waste recycling company, Mrs Banke Subair, said the support of the governments and other stakeholders was to facilitate wealth creation among the teeming jobless youth and dissuade them from emigrating from the country in search of greener pastures.

As we speak, we have recycled over 600 tires to fix table household furniture like dinning sets, stools among others.

“There is a lot one can do by turning waste to wealth and the youth should not waste the opportunity.

“However, we want other companies to emulate BATN which has good corporate social responsibility programmes to inspire Nigerians for the future,” she said.

Ifeoluwa, the Creative Director Lapuzuli Company, said although she started the company in 2019, she foresaw greater prospects in the growing industry.

We have plans to open to international market and that signifies more jobs and revenue,” she said.

Temitope Okunnu , the Creative Director of FABE, said the company had recycled over 625 tires with the prospects to meet N5million target.

Gbenga Awolere, the supply manager of Alkem Nigeria Limited, told NAN that since the company began, it had created over 5000 direct and indirect employment.

We have been able to develop different applications from polyester fibres, Blown Fibres, Siliconised white used in making pillows, and back supports among others.”