We’ll phase out plastic bottles in 2023 – Lagos government

Many empty blue and green water bottles.

The Lagos state government says it plans to phase out the use of plastic bottles in the state by 2023.

Mr Adebola Shabi, the Special Adviser to Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode on Cleaner Lagos Initiative (CLI), made the disclosure in Lagos.

Shabi said that plastic bottles, also known as pet bottles, needed to be phased out because they could hardly degrade in the environment.

He said that it could  take over 500 years for the bottles to degrade, thereby causing environmental (plastic) pollution.

In the world now, it is called plastic pollution because they end up in the ocean and affect aquatic lives; they also affect water transportation,” he said.

The official said that one of  the aspects of the Cleaner Lagos Initiative was recycling.

”In the past, 97 per cent of our waste were buried in the landfill; only three per cent were recycled; but we want a different ball game.

“”We want to encourage our youth, investors, to go into recycling because some of what we called waste are not really waste, there are things/products we still get from them.

“”we want to encourage less waste to the landfills; that is why we are calling for recycling of pet bottles, papers, used phones and a lot of things.

“We are working seriously on a project to see if we can come up with core starch and polymers to see how those ones can degrade in the environment easily,” he said.

Shabi called on local investors to come up with proposals, adding that the government would encourage them on the technology to use.

We mean technology that will work with the environment,” he said.

He said that there were plans to ensure that by  2020, only 30 per cent of waste in the state would end up in the landfills, while 70 per cent would be recycled.

According to him, by year 2025, Lagos wants three per cent of its waste to go to the landfills and 97 per cent be recycled and reused.

That is why we have been working to educate people on how they can make money through waste-to-wealth.”