ABUJA – An environment expert, Ms Aanu Basil has warned the public to desist from using plastic and leather materials to ignite fire for cooking.
Basil told newsmen in Abuja that such practice was injurious to human health and the environment.
She said that the smoke from such materials had been polluted and posed danger to the user, other people around, and those who would consume the food.
“Such materials are contaminants and could have substances that are hazardous to the health status of the users and the entire environment at large.
“It is advisable to burn such materials, recycled and re-use to reduce waste instead of using them to cook.
“The good thing about such materials is that it can be sold to generate revenue, it will also help to protect the environment,’’ Basil said.
Basil, a Deputy Director in the Federal Ministry of Environment, said most of the waste carelessly discarded could be re-used or recycled to generate revenue, boost agriculture, create employment and protect the environment.
She said that the Federal Government had constructed 29 plastic recycling plants in various cities across the nation to recycle plastics materials.
Basil, therefore, urged Nigerians to ensure proper disposal of waste to reduce the risk of polluting and endangering the environment.