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Packaged water companies, others should pay for nylon waste evacuation – NGO

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An NGO, Safety Awareness and Environmental Support Initiative (SAESI), on Monday urged Gov. Nasiru El-Rufa’i of Kaduna State to compel companies that use nylon in packaging their products to pay for its evacuation.

Mohammed Yahaya, Controller General of SAESI gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna.

According to him, nylon bags are the major contributors to environmental pollution in the state, forcing government to spend huge amount to evacuate.

Yahaya said in order to keep the state clean, there was need for the government to charge fees for effective evacuation of plastics and sachet water bags that pollute the environment.

He suggested the introduction of Producer Pay Principle, to make the companies pay for cleaner environment.

“Those that produce items that pollute the environment should bear the costs of managing it to prevent damage to human health and the environment.      

“He suggested that producers of packaged items should pay between 50 kobo to N1 per package, for the evacuation of the pollutants.

“Refuse are being evacuated everyday but the impact is still yet to be felt, everyone needs to be responsible for the evacuation of their refuse“ he added.

The SAESI controller stressed that factories that produce poisonous substances as by-products, should also be held responsible for its safe disposal.

Yahaya urged residents to maintain clean surroundings and desist from indiscriminate dumping of refuse on roads and drains in order to prevent outbreak of diseases and flooding.