The Lagos government on Sunday announced a ban on the distribution and use of styrofoam and plastic products in the state.
Such single-use plastic products (SUPs) popularly known as ‘take-away’ packs in Nigeria are commonly used by food vendors, at eateries, and parties, and other celebrations to pack edibles.
These SUPs and styrofoam products often clog drainage channels and canals in Lagos.
The ban was announced in a statement signed by Tokunbo Wahab, commissioner for environment and water resources in the state, who said single-use plastics have become a menace.
He also said the ban takes immediate effect.
“Following the menace which single-use plastics especially non-biodegradable Styrofoam are causing on the environment, the Lagos State government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources is hereby announcing a ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics in the State with immediate effect