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Africa: Lagos Government Takes Bold Step: Bans Styrofoam and Single-Use Plastics to Combat Environmental Menace, Protect Drainage Systems for a Greener City

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The Lagos government has taken a significant environmental initiative by declaring a ban on the usage and distribution of styrofoam and other single-use plastics across the state.

According to thecable.ng, Single-use plastic products (SUPs) are often used once, or for a short period of time, before being disposed. Scientists say the impact of SUPs waste on the environment and on health can be drastic.

Styrofoam is a trademarked brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) used for building insulation on walls, roofs, and foundations. They provide thermal insulation and are used as water barriers.

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Styrofoam is also used to manufacture disposable packs or plates commonly found at eateries or used by caterers.

Announcing the ban of the products on X on Sunday, Tokunbo Wahab, commissioner for environment and water resources in Lagos, said single-use plastics have become a menace in a densely populated city.

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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,” Wahab wrote.

SUPs and styrofoam packs often clog drainage channels and canals in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital and most populous city.

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