World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste

World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste

World Cleanup Day, celebrated globally on September 19, 2020, saw diverse people come together to combat the solid waste problem through numerous community cleanup activities. To mark this day, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited partnered with two local NGOs – African Cleanup Initiative and Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC), on cleanup activities across Lagos and Ibadan.

World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste
Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste Photo: Coca-Cola
Source: UGC

African Cleanup Initiative held cleanup activities across numerous locations in Lagos, Ogun and Oyo states. This outreach saw more than 200 volunteers gather to collect over 1,500kg of solid waste materials and about 300kg of recyclable waste materials.

At the Lagos event, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Environment and Water Resources, Mrs Belinda Aderonke Odeneye, applauded the programme. She expressed the Lagos State Government’s delight at being part of the cleanup activity. Odeneye, who was represented by the Assistant Director, Sanitation Services Department of the Ministry, Mrs Toyin Oguntola, went further to encourage citizens to be environmentally responsible.

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She stated: “The government can only perform excellently with law-abiding citizens. We all have a role to play in waste management and ignoring those responsibilities will make all the efforts of the government futile”.

World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste
Photo: Coca-Cola
Source: UGC

Similarly, the International Coastal Cleanup held at Bonny Camp Coastline by Mental and Environmental Development Initiative for Children (MEDIC) also produced outstanding results with about 600kg of marine plastic waste materials recovered and over 250kg of marine debris sent to the landfill. The outreach saw participation from over 100 volunteers.

These activities are in line with Coca-Cola’s vision for a World Without Waste and the company’s commitment to doing business sustainably. Speaking on its World Without Waste initiatives, the Public Affairs, Communications & Sustainability Manager, Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Nwamaka Onyemelukwe explained: “We all have a responsibility to keep our environment clean and Coca-Cola is not left out as we remain committed to promoting a sustainable environment through our plastic recycling and recovery activities, as well as other environmental initiatives”.

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World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste
900kg waste recovered during the cleaning exercise in Lagos Photo: Coca-Cola
Source: UGC

With the award of grants of over $800,000 by The Coca-Cola Foundation to multiple local NGOs, several recycling and women empowerment programs are being implemented to help address the issue of environmental protection while simultaneously empowering women who remain significant pillars of the environment.

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World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste
Photo: Coca-Cola
Source: UGC

World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste
Photo: Coca-Cola
Source: UGC

World Cleanup Day: Coca-Cola partners NGOs, recovers over 900kg of plastic waste
Photo: Coca-Cola
Source: UGC

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