The Chairman, Senate Committee on Environment, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, says the national assembly will partner the Nigerian Bottling Company, NBC, and the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance, FBRA to encourage the recycling of plastic.
He stated this when he received a delegation of the NBC led by the Managing Director, Mr. Mathieu Seguin, on Wednesday.
Mr. Seguin, who is also the Chairman of FBRA, sought the support of the Senate towards a legislative framework on plastic management that was practical, sustainable, and private sector-led.
He reiterated the need for the Federal Government to focus on packaging of plastic tax to the implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility, EPR, which he said would be more effective in solving plastic pollution.
Mr. Segun gave an assurance that NBC, on its part, had plans to collect and recycle 100 percent of all its packaging materials by 2030.
He said a Recycling Banks was already been set up in Abuja and Lagos, which he added would empower over 2,000 women across the value chain.
Mr Ekweremadu urged the bottling company to reestablish a production plant in Enugu, saying the relocation of the plant and conversion of its Enugu facility to a depot had resulted in monumental job and revenue losses to the State.