Mr Odumeru Musiliudeen, former Vice Chairman, Environment Division of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) has called on manufacturing companies and households to carefully manage their waste to prevent environmental degradation.
Musiliudeen told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, in Lagos, that proper waste management by companies could curtail the problem of arbitrary disposal of toxic waste and pollution in the country.
According to him, due to the hazardous nature of chemicals from industrial activities, there is need for companies to go the extra mile to dispose the effluents appropriately.
“Manufacturing processes can generate chemical wastes, which could be toxic and pose threats to the environment and human health.
“Manufacturing industries should look for a way to recycle their waste, because all waste is recyclable.
“Residues should be channeled into the effluent treatment plants where it will be treated and re-used. This could form an additional source of income too,’’ Musiliudeen said.
He advised that industries that do not have effluent treatment plant should endeavour to get one or be registered with waste management authorities.
“For the households, they should have septic tanks for the wastes at the front of their homes.
“The public need to desist from the ugly act of disposing waste into the drainage canals, particularly during rainy season.
“Trees and forest should not be cut or burnt. They are natural components that make the environment beautiful.
“Open waste burning and organic waste in landfills release harmful dioxins, furans, methane and black carbon into the atmosphere.
“Globally, an estimated 40 per cent of waste is openly burnt,’’ he said.
Musiliudeen noted that the safety of the environment is a collective responsibility of everybody in the society and should not be left to those in authorities alone.
He said that poorly-managed waste spreads diseases, contaminates water resources, increases the cost of potable water, increases flooding, pollutes the air and repulses tourists.
The environment expert, therefore, advised manufacturers and households to obey environmental regulations, to help the government actualise its efforts in ensuring a safe and healthy environment.
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