Published On: June 8, 20201.7 min read320 words

The Food and Beverage Recycling Alliance (FBRA) is a Non-Governmental Organization and the Producer Responsibility Organization (PRO) for the Food and Beverage sector.

Its strategic focus is to enable collection, recovery and recycling of the post-consumer packaging waste in compliance to the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) guidelines.

FBRA supports the waste potentials in Nigeria through various initiatives such as Community recycling awareness and buy-back schemes; Stakeholders’ involvement in the adoption of the rPET standard by Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON); development of a National Plastic Policy and continuous engagement of the waste management value chain to promote Circular Economy.

They have also established a collaboration to convert rejected waste plastic to energy in cement making through co-processing; engaged collection partners for waste recovery and collection, then recently partnered with Lagos State Government by supplying boats to recover plastic waste from the coastal areas as well as sensitize the public on responsible waste handling.

As we commemorate the World Ocean Day, we recognize that about 80% of the plastic waste found in the ocean originates from land therefore there is an urgent need for continued advocacy within these coastal communities to ensure proper waste disposal.

In line with this year’s theme “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean” it is imperative for all stakeholders to come together, seek for innovative ways to preserve the livelihood of our ecosystems by making sustainable choices and maintain harmony with our natural world.

FBRA currently consists of eleven forward-thinking companies namely Nigerian Bottling Company Limited/Coca-Cola Nigeria Limited, Nigerian Breweries Plc., Seven-Up Bottling Company Limited, Nestle Nigeria Plc., Guinness Nigeria Plc., Intercontinental Distillers Limited, International Breweries Limited, Tulip Cocoa, Prima Caps and Preforms, DOW Chemicals and Tetrapak West Africa with the potential to expand its membership base.

They are committed to taking deliberate actions in providing sustainable solutions for their waste packaging products and to enable the recovery and recycling of post-consumer packaging waste from the environment.