New measures to combat plastic pollution are announced in Nigeria. This West African country recently expressed a desire to join the Global Partnership for Plastics Action (GPAP) of the World Economic Forum (WEF). By joining the GPAP, Nigeria will work with the global platform to launch a national partnership for plastic pollution control action based on an already proven model.
“In Indonesia, the national partnership has drawn up action and investment plans that could prevent 16 million tons of plastics from ending up in the ocean, create 150,000 jobs and generate annual sales of US $ 10 billion, including through investments in waste management (reuse ) and plastics substitution and innovative business models. Similar ambitious action plans are being developed in Ghana and Vietnam, ”explains GPAP.
At least 523,000 tons of plastic waste by 2022
Nigeria currently produces 200,000 tons of plastic waste per year. At least 70% ends up in landfills, sewers, beaches and bodies of water. GPAP predicts that if nothing is done, annual plastic waste production in Nigeria could reach 523,000 tons per year by 2022. The Nigeria Action Partnership will create locally managed platforms such as the Federal Environment Ministry and the Working Group for the Circular Economy in Nigeria (NCEWG) and work with them, coordinated by the African Development Bank (AfDB). The aim is to bring the country’s policymakers, business leaders and civil society together to develop a national action plan to drastically reduce plastic pollution by combining high potential solutions with strategic funding opportunities.
Nigeria will also work with the global platform to raise awareness among businesses and consumers of sustainable plastic waste management practices. Similar measures are being taken in the country.
In October 2020, the Federal Executive Board (FEC) validated the Nigerian law on plastic waste. The national policy was initiated by the Nigerian Federal Environment Ministry. The aim is to improve the disposal of plastic waste in the country Recycling plants.