Eco-Cyclers, a for-profit social enterprise located in Enugu State in Nigeria, held a one-day sensitisation outreach and awareness on June 10, on ways citizens can beat plastic pollution, in commemoration of the World Environment Day 2023.
Ogechi Nwonye, head of Eco-Cyclers, in a statement described the event as “a very successful outreach” that attracted with over 35 volunteers.
“One key thing that stands out was the intentionality of the traders to listen to us and willingness to help curb the waste challenge facing the market. They mentioned challenges like limited public bins, and waste bags,” she said.
Nwonye added: “The traders commended our efforts and made us understand their pain points in finding an easy drop off recycling bins for easy segregation and collection of the waste materials they generate.
“We had brief meetings with their market leaders, to chart solutions to solving the points raised and ways we could help as a startup. Interestingly, they asked for a follow up visit for sustainability. We are doing all we can to take climate action together through our initiatives like the Clean & Green Up Campaigns in Enugu State, and we reiterate that, Enugu State must be clean and green for environmental sustainability.
“We also used the moment to call on our government to as a matter of urgency partner with local recyclers and other waste contractors by providing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that can help put Enugu State on the limelight.”