…As AIB Urges Individuals,Coys To Agree On Implementation Of Waste Reduction
…Says FOD Can Pose Safety Hazard, Damage Aircraft On Ingestion
As Nigeria joins the rest of the world to mark the 2018 World Environment Day (WED),today, June 5,2018, the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria(FAAN)has stated that though Airports do not produce plastic products, they however provide avenues for installations of plastic products in form of facilities as well as selling of items packed in plastic containers.
It added that airports also thereby contribute to plastic waste generation into the immediate and the larger environment.
The Managing Director of FAAN, Engr. Saleh Dunoma said this while reading his welcome address at the 2018 World Environment Day with the theme , Beat Plastic Pollution” organised by the agency at Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority(NCAA) Annex , Murtala Muhammed Airport Lagos.
Dunoma ,who was represented by Director of Engineering and Projects, Engr. Salisu Daura said that the evidences of plastic waste in Nigeria cannot be disputed, adding that the aim of the United Nations on this year’s theme is not to pass the bulk but to look for solutions.
Daura added that available statistics are evidences of everyone’s contributions to this challenge, adding that one sector cannot be responsible for the over 200,000 metric tonnes of plastic wastes that find their way into the water bodies every year in the country.
According to him, “One sector could not have been responsible for the ranking of Nigeria as one of the top twenty countries with the worst plastic waste management. The statistic and physical evidences speak for themselves. However, the aim of a forum like this is not to spend all the time to dwell on the problems, but on how to reduce the statistics by proffering solutions that will be far reaching and attract commitment from all stakeholders.”
He argued that the wastes generated after using products made of plastic materials or packed in plastic containers are not only problems for the earth but they are also bad for our health and ecology, adding that beyond this, plastics constitute a lot more environmental hazards.
He stated that United Nations has dedicated June 5 every year to awareness creation on environmental sustainability and that it cannot be accorded any seriousness less than how stakeholders have taken it today
Also speaking, the Chief Executive Officer of Accident Investigation Bureau (AIB),Engr. Akin Olateru said that to address the problem posed by Foreign Object Debris(FOD), of which plastic pollution is part of, is for individuals and companies around the world to agree to implement practices to reduce waste at every level.
He said that at an airport, FOD includes those objects found in an inappropriate location that as a result of being at that location can damage equipment.
Olateru, who was represented by the General Manager, Security, Mr. Olumide Osineye listed most common FOD items to include: aircraft parts, tyre fragment, mechanics tools, nails, luggage parts, broken pavement and stones but that in our peculiar environment and because of the nature/habit of our disposal of products, plastic can be included as an FOD.
FOD, he informed apart from posing safety hazard can also be ingested in an aircraft engine, which can result in damage to the aircraft or cause an accident.
To buttress his point , the General Manager, Security disclosed that on July 25, 2000 an AF 4590 departing CDG ran over a piece of titanium debris from a continental DC 10 shredding a tyre and slamming rubber debris into the plane’s fuel tank.
He added that the subsequent leak and fire caused the concorde crash killing 100 passengers, nine crew members and four people on the ground.
To address the problem, he said that airport should develop a mechanism to check and remove FOD and the likes from runway, taxiway, apron, aircraft parking areas and loading ramps and that a daily self inspection should be conducted.
Osineye advised that a debris management programme should be developed to include awareness and training, detection through manual inspections and equipment and removal using equipment and evaluation of the programme through data collection to identify ways to make improvement.
Osineye listed some tips to reducing plastic waste to include: shop friendly, get rid of bottled water, make use of re-useable water bottles as a substitute thus reducing plastic waste and exposure to leaking bottles, attempt at selecting items that come in non-plastic recycled and recyclable packaging and check everything before being thrashed as more and more items are able to be recycled.
He said that concessionaires at airport should be advised on options they could switch to for packaging, storing and bagging items, adding that many companies around the world today are coming up with excellent low-cost replacements, such as bamboo utensils in place of plastic ones.
He stated that improving the environmental performance of aviation is a challenge the International Civil Aviation Organisation(ICAO) takes very seriously, stressing that in fulfilling its responsibilities, the organisation developed a range of standards, policies and guidance material for the application of integrated measures to address most environmental protection issues thereby embracing technological improvements, operating procedures, proper organisation of air traffic, appropriate airport and land-use planning, and the use of market-based options.
Recalled that the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 established June 5, every year as the World Environment Day.