As part of efforts at ridding the environment of solid waste, some groups and corporate organisations have sponsored the cleaning of Alpha Beach in Lagos State, Nigeria.
The sponsors are Rite Foods Limited, Sterling Foundation and Giving Beach Cleanup.
Employees of Rite Foods, joined by 116 volunteers and community members, removed plastics, solid wastes and other unwanted materials from the beach.
In a statement, the companies disclosed that the solid wastes recovered totalled 1,640kg, while Polyethylene Terephthalate recyclables weighed 119 kg, carton 3.0kg, nylon 1.0kg and returnable glass bottles 4.2kg.
Managing Director of Rite Foods, Seleem Adegunwa, noted that the company would continue to preserve and make the Nigerian society habitable, especially its host communities and public spaces.
He indicated that the project was aimed at ensuring that solid and packaging wastes did not end up in the ocean from the beach, thereby constituting hazards to both aquatic lives and people that make use of the ocean.
“Food and beverage packaging wastes, like the PET bottles, end up in the wrong places such as in our beaches, oceans and waterways or litter the communities where we work and live. We have a responsibility to protect the environment; hence we gathered to clear all sorts of waste from the beach.
“Keeping the environment clean should be the concern of all citizens, as this will rid the society of certain diseases associated with dirty environment,” he said.
The company’s efforts, he added, was commended by Sterling One Foundation, the Giving Beach Cleanup team and Alpha Beach community patrons.
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