By Emmanuel Oluwadola
Ondo State Government is diligently working towards the implementation of a plastic waste management policy in the state
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu declared this yesterday during the Ondo State Environmental Protection Agency (OSEPA) Summit 2023.
The summit with the theme: “Combating the Menace of Plastic Pollution in Ondo State 2.0:Action Time” was held yesterday at the International Culture and Events Centre, The Dome, Akure.
Represented by the state Commissioner for Environment, Mr Sunday Akinwalire, Akeredolu emphasized that adopting the National Policy on Plastic Waste Management would bolster environmental protection, resource efficiency, and the conservation of natural resources through sustainable plastic production and consumption.
“One of the major environmental problems of the 21st century has been the pollution of the environment with used plastic and its components. It is a known fact that plastic waste is currently one of the fastest emerging issues in the discourse of waste management globally.
“We believe that the domestication of the National Policy in the state will promote environmental protection, encourage resource efficiency and enhance the conservation of natural resources through sustainable production and consumption of plastic in the state.”
The Governor expressed gratitude to OSEPA for hosting the summit and assured the provision of an investor-friendly environment in the state.
He urged all summit attendees to contribute ideas to combat plastic pollution in the state.
The Ondo State Commissioner for Environment, Honourable Sunday Akinwalire stressed that addressing plastic pollution requires a collective effort, urging plastic industry stakeholders to adopt best practices.
He also emphasized the importance of discouraging non-biodegradable materials and the harmful practice of burning plastic waste.
“We all need to have the right attitudinal changes towards proper handling and disposal of plastic waste. To achieve a healthy and sustainable environment, all hands must be on deck,” he said.
Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment, Oyeniyi Oseni, emphasized that the theme calls for action for residents to rid their environments of plastic waste.
He highlighted ongoing efforts to convert waste materials into wealth and collaborate with international partners to explore biodegradable bags.
Oseni applauded the support of various groups, NGOs, and private organizations in promoting environmental protection and sustainability.
General Manager of Ondo State Waste Management Authority, Mr. Fola Omowole pledged collaborative efforts with stakeholders to achieve a plastic waste-free environment.