Leading environmentalists and thought leaders alongside notable celebrities in the country recently joined forces with Shoprite at an event set out to get more people cleaning and recording litter from Nigeria’s beaches, Markets, waterways and rivers.
The event tagged ‘Africa’s Biggest Cleanup’ brings together over 6000 volunteers across the continent to clean their communities in more than 500 different events and 45 of such events will be happening across selected locations in Nigeria.
The first of such event took place over the weekend in collaboration with Wecyclers, the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Visionscape, Kids Beach Garden, Sustainable Africa Waste Initiative, Pick That Trash, NGO’s and a host of individuals.
Some of the locations were market places and beaches where waste was picked, selected and taken for recycling. The General Manager, Lagos Waste Management Authority, Segun Adeniji expressed joy at the success of the event: “we are so delighted to have been a part of this huge project, the turnout was amazing and the waste from all locations run into tons for recycling.
We hope that other organisations will take a leaf from this huge effort by SHOPRITE to keep our environment safer in line with the SDGs goal to reduce the impact of climate change on development process and the environment”.
Speaking to newsmen at the event Ms. Doyinsola the founder of Kids Beach Garden emphasized that “Shoprite is a market leader and has shown that leadership once again with its commitment to not just sponsor such initiative but also get its staff members to commit to community service, she noted that for her the highlight was the fact that Shoprite went the extra mile to invite children from Ajegunle to teach them about recycling waste and protecting the environment while providing the children with an opportunity to have fun at the beach front.”
Water sachets popularly known as pure water, pet bottles, fast food containers, along with crisp, sweet and lolly wrappers, were the third-highest find with almost 56 items per 100m.
The event ended with the retail giant honouring the Lagos State Tree Planting day as its staff members led by Mrs. Adeola Kagho (Head of Human Resource and Executive Director) and Mr. Barnabas McClint Ebiede (Public Relations Officer) planted five trees at the Kids Beach Garden Elegushi, Lagos State.
It is not the first time Shoprite has moved to become more environmentally-friendly, having recently announced that all its own-label packaging, within the food categories, would be recyclable, reusable as well as home compostable.
SHOPRITE Nigeria remains committed to a healthy environment and recycling with hopes that it gets the much-needed attention as well as impact in our host community.