SON, stakeholders develop standards for recycled plastic bottles

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The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and stakeholders in the food industry have collaborated to develop a standard for recycled plastic pet bottles.

The Director-General of SON, Osita Aboloma, made this known at a Technical Committee Meeting on Polymer and Related Products in Lagos.

The director-general, represented by Mrs Chinyere Egwuonwu, Director, Standards Development, SON, said the standard would improve production processes of plastics, ensure safety and the quality of products.

According to him, this will lead to an increase of its use which in turn provides opportunities for employment.

“The recycling of pet bottles packaging represents one of the most successful and wide spread examples of plastic packaging recycling.

“The growth in collection and processing of pet bottles for food packaging application has been increasing significantly over the last 10 years.

This has been accomplished by significant investments in plastic recovery facilities and food grade recycled pet processing.

“The draft policy has been extensively discussed by all relevant stakeholders, and it is currently being processed for approval by the relevant government agency.”

Prof. Abiola Kehinde, Chairman of the Committee, commended SON for creating the platform for developing the standards.

Kehinde said that it would go a long way to educate manufacturers on what was expected of them.

Ajibola, who is of the Department of Chemical and Petroleum and Gas Engineering, University of Lagos, said that the meeting had created an opportunity for stakeholders to make inputs into the standards.