Ghana: Government again threatens plastic ban

Accra, Ghana (PANA) - As plastic products continue to pose environmental hazard in Ghana, the Government is once again threatening to ban its production if manufacturers do not agree and implement their sustainable disposal.

Environment Minister, Mr Mahama Ayariga, is giving plastic producers six months to help solve the sanitation problems caused by plastics or face a blanket ban on production, the TV3 Network reported on Sunday.

Plastics have choked drains and waterways and are one of the causes of floods in the cities. Plastics are used for packaging, carrier bags, water bottles and sachet drinking water.  

The government ordered a ban on the use of some plastic products in November but suspended the directive after a pledge by manufacturers to take measures such as provision of litter bins to reduce poor disposal but Mr Ayariga said they have failed to do implement them.

Now, he is charging the manufacturers of lack of commitment to combat the plastic filth.

“There is an understanding that the flexy plastic manufacturers will work out a strategy with us on how to keep the environment clean from their products such as helping with sanitation management," MrAyariga said.

“They have also promised to provide litter bins and help in reducing waste especially plastic waste.”

Mr Ayariga said these should be looked at immediately, or government would ban them.
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28 december 2015 05:27:26

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