NBC Drives Women’s Economic Inclusion With Recycling Bank

L-R: Ekuma Eze, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director, Nigerian Bottling Company Ltd.; Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, General Manager, Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA); Ibrahim Odumboni, Managing Director, Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) and Amaka Onyemelukwe, Director, Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability, Coca-Cola Nigeria at the Coca-Cola System beach cleaning exercise held recently at the Elegushi Beach, Lagos in commemoration of World Environment Day.

The Nigeria Bottling Company (NBC) Limited has set up a recycling bank to drive the economic inclusion of women in the country.

The initiative is to bring recycling closer to coastal communities and raise awareness on responsible disposal of waste, especially plastics while empowering vulnerable women in the community.

NBC’s Corporate Affairs and Sustainability Director, Ekuma Eze while speaking at the launch of the Recycling Bank at Elegushi Beach said the launch was in line with the company’s commitment to bring recycling closer to the communities. He added that the project was also in commemoration of the 2022 World Environment Day.

Eze reaffirmed the company’s commitment to environmental stewardship by organising beach cleaning and tree planting activities to create awareness on the importance of safeguarding the earth’s finite resources.

The Recycling Bank at Elegushi Beach is one of the seven recently constructed by NBC in partnership with MEDIC. This brings the total number of Recycling Banks built by the Coca-Cola System to 22 in Lagos and Abuja.

Managing Director of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA) Ibrahim Odumboni hailed NBC for its efforts, saying the initiatives will help to reduce environmental hazards plaguing the coastal community.

He said: “I appreciate the remarkable role of NBC in supporting the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) to press for progress. It has also allowed us at LAWMA to create a value chain with the support of LASEPA, Ministry of Environment and other partners.”

General Manager of the Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA) Dr. Dolapo Fasawe, said: “The planet is ours to plough; the environment is ours to preserve. Corporate organisations, particularly within the manufacturing sector, must take a cue from NBC’s leadership and commitment to rid our environment of waste. Let us take the same message to our households and our communities.”

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