Ghana: Ghana bans light plastics

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - The Minister of Science, Environment, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga, on Thursday announced a ban on the manufacture and sale of light plastics.

An Accra-based radio, Citifm, said he also announced a ban on non-biodegradable plastics.

Both bans take effect from November 1.

The Minister, who was speaking at a capacity building workshop for the media on green economy, said plastics produced in Ghana from now on must be at least  20 microns thick.

“We have placed a ban on up to 20 microns; nobody can manufacture plastic products below 20 microns. The microns are the test of the thickness of plastics,” Mahama Ayariga said.

President John Dramani Mahama recently warned that the government would ban plastics, as had been done in some other African countries including Rwanda, if the public failed to properly dispose of them.

The public has been expressing concern about how plastic waste has been aggravating the current sanitation woes, with plastics chocking drains and flying about in the wind.
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30 july 2015 21:38:54

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