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USAID, Coca-Cola Foundation Partner TechnoServe To Launch Nigeria Plastic Solutions Activity


Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nigeria, Melissa Jones (left); Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Tokunbo Wahab; General Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Mariam Khan and U.S. Consulate Deputy Political and Economic Chief, Kenise Hill

By Edu Abade

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The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in collaboration with The Coca-Cola Foundation and TechnoServe Nigeria, is pleased to announce the launch of the Nigeria Plastic Solutions Activity (NPSA).

 This impactful initiative, equally funded by Coca-Cola and USAID with a combined investment of $4 million, tackles the critical challenge of plastic waste management in Nigeria through innovative recycling solutions.

 Plastic pollution has become a pressing environmental concern globally, and Nigeria is no exception. With an estimated 2.5 million metric tons of plastic waste generated annually, there is an urgent need for concerted efforts to mitigate its impact on the environment and public health.


The primary objective of the Nigeria Plastic Solutions Activity (NPSA) is to recover approximately 49,000 metric tons of plastic waste in Nigeria while upscaling the collection capacity of over 24 aggregators and 9,500 collectors.

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  In addition, the program aims to create over 10,000 green jobs, driving circularity in plastic waste management and promoting a cleaner, healthier environment.

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 “The Coca‑Cola Foundation places a priority on helping communities become more sustainable by supporting innovative collection and recycling solutions at a local level,” said Saadia Madsbjerg, President of The Coca-Cola Foundation.

 “We hope this new program in Nigeria serves as a catalyst to drive increased collection and recycling rates as we collectively work towards a more sustainable society, one community at a time.”

 During the launch event, USAID Mission Director Melissa Jones remarked “In addition to improving the environment, plastic collection, sorting, aggregating, processing and manufacturing offers employment opportunities. Small and medium scale enterprises and entry-level and semi-skilled workers particularly stand to benefit from this new value chain.”, U.S. Consul General Will Stevens reiterated the United States Government’s commitment to the new project. “By incentivizing recycling as a means of averting plastic pollution, we protect the planet, create jobs, empower youth and other marginalized groups, and foster sustainable development. We must persist in collaborating, innovating, and

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implementing solutions to address this urgent issue. Together, we can build a future where plastics are no longer a threat to our planet but a valuable resource managed responsibly and utilized for the benefit of future generations,” he remarked.

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 The Lagos State Commissioner for Environment emphasized the necessity of the Nigeria Plastic Solutions Activity (NPSA) “Our policy and advocacy efforts present a paradigm shift on Plastic Waste. We can no longer view it as a disposable commodity; rather, it must be regarded as resource demanding responsible stewardship. We cannot shy away from this responsibility; we must confront it head-on with resolve and determination”.

 This launch marks a significant milestone in our collective efforts to combat plastic pollution and promote sustainable development in Nigeria. It underscores the commitment of USAID, The Coca-Cola Foundation, and TechnoServe to drive positive change and build a more resilient and environmentally conscious society.

 

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Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Nigeria, Melissa Jones (left); Lagos State Commissioner for Environment, Tokunbo Wahab; General Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Mariam Khan and U.S. Consulate Deputy Political and Economic Chief, Kenise Hill



Joshua Okoria

Joshua Okoria is a Lagos based multi-skilled journalist covering the maritime industry. His ICT and graphic design skills makes him a resourceful person in any modern newsroom. He read mass communication at the Olabisi Onabanjo University and has sharpened his knowledge in media practice from several other short courses. 07030562600, hubitokoria@gmail.com

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