Ogun State Government says the newly passed Ogun State Waste Management Law 2020, has made it an offence for industries or producers to trade in discarded materials for health and safety reasons.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Environment-Waste Management, Mr. Ola Oresanya made the disclosure while addressing the virtual General Meeting of the State’s Chapter of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), saying only waste collection companies accredited by the newly-established Ogun State Waste Management Authority (OGWAMA) would be saddled with such responsibility.
Mr. Oresanya said the new law has put an end to poor handling of industrial wastes, which had been identified as a major source of contamination, as well as unregulated waste trading among industries, adding that industries and producers must provide information on characteristics of industrial wastes and ensure proper storage of wastes within their premises.
He further stated that manufacturers must comply with the principles of duty of care on the environment prior to collection of discarded materials by designated collectors, as well as maintain regular interaction with OGWAMA Client Service Managers, on a first responder transaction level.
The Governor’s aide revealed that government would provide indemnity clause for protection of discarded materials for industries or producers, prevent flight-tripping and scrapping to protect the brand names and labels, issue periodical environmental reports, as required and develop reasonable tariff in response to prevailing market prices.
He called on the Association to cooperate with the State Government, as the newly passed Law centred on principle of circular economy, to encourage responsible industrial production by reducing, reusing and recycling materials generated during production’s life cycle, as well as, promoting best practices in industrial waste management.