Sahara Group Foundation in partnership with Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) and Wecyclers has launched the third of the twelve (12) recycling hubs under its Go-Recycling project to be rolled out across several local government areas in Lagos.
The new recycling hub which is situated in the Lagos Island Local Government Area (LGA) is yet another demonstration of the tripartite partnership commitment to promoting environmental sustainability in Lagos, as well as supporting community development and the empowerment of Lagosians.
The recycling hub which would help support environmental and economic development of Lagos Island LGA and its neighboring communities, will also help to create awareness about recycling and its benefits, as well create job opportunities for residents.
Speaking at the launch ceremony, Ejiro Gray, Director, Sahara Group Foundation said, “We are excited to expand our Go-Recycling initiative to Lagos Island with the launch of this recycling exchange hub. At Sahara Group Foundation, we are committed to impacting lives and livelihoods across communities and with the presence of this recycling hub in Lagos Island, it is our hope that this would help inspire individuals, families, and businesses to come together to make a positive impact on the environment, as well as turn their waste to value by embracing recycling as a lifestyle”.
Also speaking at the event, the Vice Chairman, Lagos Island Local Government Area, Prince Mohammed Rosul Eshilokun, applauded the Go-recycling initiative and thanked Sahara Group Foundation, LSETF, and Wecyclers for bringing this initiative to Lagos Island. He stated that the challenges caused by waste pollution are evident in our communities. And initiatives such as the Go-recycling project will help create awareness about effective waste management practices.” He further encouraged the people of Lagos Island to engage with the hub and take advantage of the waste to wealth model the project offers.
The Go-Recycling project, which was launched in 2023 was established to help address the issue of plastic pollution in Lagos state and motivate a movement of environmentally conscious Lagosians. With the opening of the Lagos Island Go-Recycling hub, residents of the community and neighboring areas can now engage in effective waste management and earn gainfully while doing so.
In her remarks to guests at the event, Sheila Ojei, the Director of Strategy, Funding and Stakeholder Management, Lagos State Employment Trust Fund, said, “The launch of this recycling hub reinforces LSETF commitment to providing Lagosians with an opportunity to earn while contributing to a sustainable Lagos. She encouraged members of the community to play their part in promoting a cleaner, healthier, and greener Lagos for today and future generations by choosing to recycle today.”
During her speech, the Human Resources and Partnership Manager, Wecyclers, Esther Chibueyin Fagbo, called on the residents to engage with the hub because it has the potential to transform their lives. She stated that “the adoption of recycling and the exchange of recyclable materials for reward is guaranteed to impact the community positively.” Lawal thanked Sahara Group Foundation and LSETF for bringing the Go-recycling project to live in Lagos and assured residents that the initiative will support their growth.
With the successful launch of the Lagos Island Go-Recycling hub, the hub is now open to serve as a centralized collection point for various recyclable materials such as plastics, papers, cartons, among others to all members of the area as well as neighboring communities.
Sahara Group Foundation is fully committed to building sustainable societies and through projects like this, we are helping to support the actualization of the United Nations sustainable development goals which focuses on making cities and communities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable.