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BAT Nigeria collaborates with FBRA in post-consumer waste recycling initiative

British American Tobacco (BAT) Nigeria has unveiled the pilot of its Post-consumer Waste Recycling Initiative, which is part of the organisation’s Extended Producer Responsibility (ERP) programme mandated by the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA), and aligned with its “A Better Tomorrow” commitment to minimise the environmental impact of its business operations.

The British American Tobacco Nigeria (BATN) office complex in Ikoyi, Lagos

Undertaken in collaboration with the facilitating agency, the Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA), the initiative is said to be building upon BAT Nigeria’s existing commitment to environmental stewardship. The firm reportedly operates at 100% zero waste to landfill within its factory premises, ensuring that all wastes generated are recycled.

According to the organisation, the recycling initiative represents an upscale of its ongoing efforts to further exemplify its dedication to a clean and green environment.

BAT Nigeria disclosed in a statement that, through its existing recycling projects, it has empowered numerous off-takers who have successfully transformed wastes into valuable resources such as infills, manure, and plastics.

With the introduction of the Post-consumer Waste Recycling Initiative, the company expects to achieve similar success even as it fulfils its Extended Producer Responsibilities in alignment with NESREA’s agenda to preserve Nigeria’s environment.

“By implementing this initiative, BAT Nigeria aims to foster a circular economy, reduce the ecological footprint of our products, and contribute to a cleaner and healthier environment. Our commitment extends beyond compliance, as we strive to proactively address the challenges associated with post- consumer waste and play a vital role in building a sustainable future,” remarked Yarub Al-Bahrani, the Managing Director of BAT Nigeria.

Agharese Onaghise, Executive Secretary, FBRA, said: “The introduction of waste collection receptacles in designated consumer locations is a sustainable instrument for the alliance to ensure post-consumer packaging waste is taken back by the producers for recycling.

“This initiative is a great way to ensure that post-consumer wastes do not contribute to littering of the environment and encourages proper disposal in an environmentally friendly manner. We look forward to making a tangible difference through the recycling initiative and create a greener Nigeria for generations to come.”

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