2023 WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY: OSEPA ADVOCATES SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT AS IT INTRODUCES ALTERNATIVE TO USE OF NYLON/POLYTHENE BAGS
In commemoration of this year’s World Environment Day (WED) tagged “Solution to Plastic Pollution”, the Ondo State Environmental Protection Agency (OSEPA) has sensitized the citizens of Ondo State on the need to protect the State from the negative impacts of plastic waste pollution.
The Special Adviser to the State Governor on Environment, Hon. Oyeniyi Oseni, while joining other experts in the environmental space to mark the 2023 World Environment Day (WED), assured the people of Ondo State that OSEPA would soon introduce biodegradable carriers/bags to replace polythene/nylon bags, in order to bequeath a safe and clean environment in the State.
The Special Adviser opined that the move to introduce the biodegradable bags was to further protect the State’s environment in line with world best practices.
He noted that biodegradable carrier bags are designed to naturally decompose into non-toxic components, thus, minimizing their impacts on the environment.
The SA further explained that polythene and nylon bags are non-degradable and can persist in the environment for hundreds of years, thereby polluting the ecosystem and harming wildlife.
Speaking in the same vein, the Acting Permanent Secretary of OSEPA, Princess Korede Giwa pointed out that biodegradable bags help reduce waste accumulation when discarded as they easily break down over time. “Whereas, polythene/nylon bags accumulate in landfills, constituting nuisances, and unnecessarily adding to growing waste problems.”
The Ag. Permanent Secretary enjoined the people of the State to desist from throwing plastic bottles, nylon bags and other non-degradable objects indiscriminately.
She called for a holistic approach and support of the populace in eradicating plastic pollution in the State.