The Lagos State government has declared a ban on the use and distribution of styrofoam and other single-use plastics throughout the state.

Single-use plastic products (SUPs) are typically utilized for a brief period before being discarded.

Styrofoam is a trademarked brand of closed-cell extruded polystyrene foam (XPS) employed for building insulation on walls, roofs, and foundations. It is also utilized in the production of disposable plates commonly used at eateries or by caterers.

The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, announced the ban of these products on X formerly Twitter on Sunday, expressing concern that single-use plastics have become a menace in the densely populated city.

The Commissioner also said the ban takes immediate effect.

He said: “Following the menace which single-use plastics especially non-biodegradable Styrofoam are causing on the environment, the Lagos State government through the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources is hereby announcing a ban on the usage and distribution of Styrofoam and other single-use plastics in the State with immediate effect.”

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