In a strategic partnership with the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF), Wecyclers, and IBILE Oil and Gas, the Sahara Group Foundation has successfully inaugurated the fifth recycling hub in Lagos State under its ambitious Go-Recycling project. The new hub, situated in Ifako Ijaye Local Council Development Area (LCDA), marks a significant milestone in the foundation’s mission to promote sustainable environmental practices and provide employment opportunities for Lagos residents.
Launched in January 2023, the Go-Recycling project aims to transform waste into wealth, addressing the challenges of plastic pollution while creating jobs for the local populace. The Ifako Ijaiye community and its surroundings can now actively engage in efficient waste management, contributing to a cleaner environment and earning income simultaneously.
Ejiro Gray, the Director of Sahara Group Foundation, highlighted the importance of recycling and the broader impact of the Go-Recycling initiative. She emphasized, “Recycling is essential for protecting our environment and reducing our reliance on landfills. The Go-Recycling project, born out of the need to promote environmental sustainability and improve lives across communities, makes it easy for Lagos residents to recycle and earn money simultaneously. We are excited to launch this hub in Ifako Ijaiye LCDA, supporting a greener Lagos for today and future generations.”
Residents of Lagos can participate in the Go-Recycling initiative by visiting any of the established hubs located in Isolo LCDA, Igando-Ikotun LCDA, Lagos Island LCDA, Onigbogbon LCDA, and now, Ifako Ijaiye LCDA. These hubs are strategically positioned to facilitate the exchange of recyclables such as pet plastics, pure water sachets, plastic chairs, paper, cardboard, HDPE, LDPE, can bottles, and glass bottles for cash incentives.
Dr. Cyril Akinyele, the Director of Environmental Health Services at Ifako Ijaiye LGA, commended the Go-Recycling project, expressing gratitude to the Sahara Group Foundation and its partners. He emphasized the positive impact of the hub on solving plastic waste pollution and affirmed the Environmental Health Services Department’s commitment to supporting initiatives that turn waste into wealth.
“We are proudly committed to supporting initiatives around turning waste into wealth to ensure a healthy and sustainable environment. We will add value by installing signages around the hub to pass more information about the Go Recycling initiative while ensuring that indiscriminate disposal of refuse is largely curbed,” stated Dr. Akinyele.
The Go-Recycling hubs operate on weekdays from 9 am to 5 pm, with on-site representatives available to receive recyclables, provide guidance, and share insights on the transformative potential of recycling for both lives and the environment.
This initiative reflects a significant stride toward fostering sustainable environmental practices in Lagos State. The Sahara Group Foundation, as the corporate sustainability arm of Sahara Group, is steadfast in its commitment to building sustainable societies by improving access to energy and promoting environmentally friendly initiatives through the Go-Recycling project.
To learn more about the Go-Recycling initiative, please visit www.saharagroupfoundation.org for detailed information. You can also follow their updates on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @iamsaharafdn.