The Nigerian Bottling Company (NBC) Limited has again restated its commitment to preserving and protecting the environment by supporting Wecyclers Nigeria Limited, Wecyclers is an organisation that seeks to solve the urban waste challenge by using a fleet of low-cost cargo bicycles to offer convenient household collection of recyclable waste in neighbourhoods.
To support and expand its current collection capacity, the company recently purchased and handed over eight (8) tricycles, known as Wecycles, to Wecyclers Nigeria Limited
Speaking at the handover ceremony which took place in the Lagos State Waste Management Agency (LAWMA) yard in Ebute-Metta, one of Wecyclers’ collection hubs, Mrs. Adeyanju Olomola, Head, Public Affairs and Communications, NBC, said the Company was delighted to support Wecycler’s drive to expand its capacity to collect waste from households in Lagos State. She noted that the expansion also had a multiplier effect on job creation as the addition Wecycles would create 10 new jobs.
Mrs. Olomola added that NBC’s sponsorship and participation in recycling activities is borne out of an active commitment of the Company to Packaging Waste Recovery and Recycling, one of its seven (7) Sustainability pillars, and noted that the partnership with Wecyclers, therefore, represents a community-led, measurable, scalable and sustainable initiative.
Speaking further, she emphasized that NBC was not only concerned with refreshing consumers with a wide range of products but is also interested in working in partnerships to minimise the impact of packaging on the environment.
At the event, Mrs. Tolulope Adeyo, Recycling Manager, LAWMA, said the event represented a threefold partnership between LAWMA, NBC and Wecyclers. According to her, LAWMA had been in partnership with Wecyclers since August 2012, when the initiative started as an advocacy to promote reuse, reduce and recycle of waste materials to prevent the materials from littering canals, drainages and landfills through indiscriminate disposal.
Receiving the Wecycles, Chief Executive Officer, Wecyclers Nigeria Limited, Mrs. Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola, thanked NBC for the support. Wecyclers, she explained, seeks to solve the waste challenge in the environment, by using a fleet of low-cost cargo bicycles to offer convenient household collection of recyclable materials in neighbourhoods. She also thanked LAWMA for their support since inception of the organisation
NBC was incorporated in November 1951 and is a member of Coca-Cola Hellenic AG, an anchor bottler with the franchise to bottle products of The Coca-Cola Company in 28 countries in North, Central and South Europe, Asia and Africa with over 581 million consumers in these markets.