Nigeria gets first CFL Recycling Plant


The first compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) recycling plant is about to be built in Nigeria.

Go Green Nigeria and Technical Consumer Products (TCP) are working together to provide the plant. Go Green Nigeria is a campaign group started by the government to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions in Nigeria.

The recycling plant is part of a bigger project where 100 million energy efficient lamps will be distributed among Nigerians. As well as working alongside TCP, Go Green Nigeria signed an agreement with the National Centre for Energy Efficiency and Conservation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and plans to sign more MoUs with federal, state and professional bodies such as the Lagos State Waste Management Authority (LAWMA).

The National Co-ordinator of Go Green Nigeria, Wale Akande, said: "We are so excited about the progress to be made by the MoU document, which shall ensure that the Go Green Nigeria goals are achieved. This is why we are happy to be working with the Association of Illumination Professionals, a body of true professionals in the sector, who love to contribute to nation-building with their technical savvy. The Go Green Nigeria project seeks to distribute 100 million energy efficient bulbs throughout the nation over a period of four years, so as to catalyze power conservation and energy efficiency culture. Through this, we hope to achieve stable electricity, poverty eradication, job creation, improved security and mitigating the effects of climate change."

The President of AIP, Ajadi Abdulwahab, said: "Most of the citizens misunderstood the issue of light. When you say lighting, they think only of electricity without knowing that it goes beyond that. The truth is that even when there is no electricity, there is light and lighting. For example, there is day lighting, and our task as professionals is to utilise them effectively for national development. We are happy to associate with Go Green Nigeria, Light Up Nigeria. The organisation is focused and is set to help the Nigerian power sector through energy efficiency and conservation. This is the first MoU we are signing with any of such private sector based body."