CAMIC cautions against indiscriminate disposal of plastic waste

By Obiabin Onukwugha

The Climate Africa Media Initiative Center (CAMIC), has kicked against indiscriminate plastic waste disposal few days after the Federal Government announced a ban on single-use plastics in all its Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs).

CAMIC action is as broader strategy to address the interconnected issues of climate change, biodiversity loss, and pollution with plastic waste.

The non-governmental organization is dedicated to advancing environmental sustainability and combating climate change, seeks to contribute to a more sustainable and resilient planet for current and future generations through healthy environmental practices.

In addition to kicking against indiscriminate disposal of used plastic waste, the organisation highlighted several strategies to mitigate the environmental impact of plastic waste.

The body, in a statement by its Chief Growth Officer, Pius Alabi, made available to NatureNews in Abuja on Thursday noted that government policies and regulations play a critical role in managing plastic waste.

It stated that the most effective method of managing plastic waste is to reduce its generation in the first place.

“CAMIC encourages individuals and businesses to adopt reusable products over single-use plastics. Simple actions such as using cloth bags, stainless steel bottles, and glass containers can significantly decrease plastic waste,” the statement read in part.

Other solutions suggested by CAMIC included; recycling, biodegradable and compostable plastics, sensitisation, waste separation, community recycling programs, policies framework, amongst others.

The statement gives further suggested solution to include government policies and regulations which play a critical role in managing plastic waste.

CAMIC urges policymakers to implement and enforce regulations that promote responsible plastic production, use, and disposal. Bans on single-use plastics and incentives for sustainable practices are essential measures.

The body suggested active participation in clean-up drives and environmental restoration projects, supports and organizes regular clean-up campaigns to remove plastic waste from natural habitats, particularly oceans and rivers, which are severely impacted by plastic pollution.

CAMIC calls on all stakeholders, including governments, businesses, and individuals, to adopt these eco-friendly practices. Together, we can significantly reduce plastic pollution and protect our planet for future generations,” the statement added.


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