Says Open to Partnership on Waste Management
From: Kazeem Biriowo, Lome
The delegates of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) exhibited an outstanding performance at the 2018 African Cleanup Conference (ACC) focused on business of environmental sustainability with a display of reused plastic bottles.
The remodelled plastic drinking bottles were used as a laundry bin and could serve other purposes as user deems fit.
Speaking during a presentation at the Conference held in Lome, Togo between 23rd August and 26th, an officer from FAAN Department of Environmental Services, Mr. Sunday Idowu said their innovation to reuse plastic bottles was part of need to create environmental consciousness on airport passengers on proper waste disposal.
He explained that through the gesture and display of the item, passengers would develop new thinking on how to reuse and manage plastic wastes.
Idowu added that the level of awareness about FAAN environmental services department is low, adding that their participation at conference would proof FAAN’s commitment to environmental sustainability.
“Just as we mentioned during the presentation, the idea came as part of activities to celebrate the last World Environmental Day (WED) titled BeatPlasticPollution. As a team, we sat and reasoned what innovative ideas can we come up with to beat plastic pollution.”
Reacting to other measures being put in place to managing plastic pollution at the airport, representative of the delegate explained that plastics are not limited to PET bottles.
Thus, in the airport environment, the use of sachet water is prohibited as a way of discouraging plastic pollution and as such waste collection contractors were engaged to ensure timely waste collection.
“If you have good proposals on how you can help manage our plastic wastes, direct it to the FAAN administrative headquarters not the airport but the General Manager, Department of Environmental Services, through the Managing Director.
“So we will be ready to partner with any organization that also focuses on environmental sustainability within the framework of the authority,” Idowu added.
Other participants at the conference advocated for Eco-labelling and greater awareness creation on waste management and business of environmental sustainability.
According to the forum, Reuse of plastics are more promoted than recycling.
Delegates from Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, and other African countries were present to chart a new course on the business of environmental sustainability.
The delegates further visited waste and plastic recycling plant in Lome, Togo.