It was a beautiful sight on Saturday morning as over 200 people living in different parts of Lagos volunteered to clean up one of the popular Island hotspots in Lagos State, as this to commemorate Global Recycling Day which is themed to celebrate the “Recycling Fraternities”.

It was an event powered by Sterling One Foundation in conjunction with HRM Abisogun II Foundation (HAIIF) and executed by African Cleanup Initiative. The event commenced with the registration of participants by 8 am after which the cleanup exercise began. The Participants were shared into eight (8) teams who were actively led by eight team leads.

While the teams were busy cleaning the beach, other dignitaries graced the occasion with their presence such as His Royal Majesty Oba Abdul-Wasiu Omogbolahan Lawal, Abisogun II and his Council of Chiefs; the Commissioner for Tourism, Arts & Culture, Mrs Uzamat Akinbile-Yusuf; Managing Director of Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA), Mr Ibrahim Odumboni; General Manager of Lagos State Environmental Protection Agency (LASEPA), Dr Dolapo Fasawe; Alibaba and others that were present.

The event was to buttress the need for both residents and beach users, to engage in sustainable practices such as regular cleaning of the environment, recycling and reusing of recyclables as these acts would serve as a legacy for a people-friendly environment, for improved living and economic standard. 

This beach amongst others that have been adopted by Sterling One Foundation is to serve as an example to the community members and non-members. These beaches include Alpha, Eleko, Lafiaji and Iwerekun. The objective was and still is to care for life outside water and in water, as well as empower people through the recycling value chain.

In an interview, Chief Olumide Oniru, the Olopon of Iruland, who represented His Royal Majesty, the Oniru of Iru Land, disclosed that about 1,000 trees have been planted around the kingdom in recent times and youths recruited as environmental champions, to raise awareness and encourage prevention of plastic pollution.

At the end of the cleanup event, it was an ecstatic scenery as the participants enjoyed themselves to drinks, snacks and danced. Also, 263kg of solid waste and 274.8kg of recyclables that were recovered as a result of the cleanup exercise were carted away from the beach. Over 150 volunteers attended, 263kg of solid waste and 274.8kg of recyclables were recovered.
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