Ghana looks at law to tackle plastic waste menace

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The Ghanaian government, faced with a growing menace of plastic waste that threatens to choke the environment, is working at a law that would regulate the deposit of litter, including plastic waste.
The Ministry of Environment and Science (MES), Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, Ministry of Tourism and Modernisation of the Capital City and the Ministry of Health are putting together a bill for parliament to consider, Christine Churcher, minister of Environment and Science said on Saturday.
She said the ministry would endeavour to complement the efforts of other government and private organisations to ensure sustainable management of plastic waste in the country.
The Accra Metropolitan Assembly and producers of water in sachets have been fighting a running battle about how to foot the bill for collection of plastic waste in the capital.
The Mayor of Accra has banned the production and use of sachet water and other plastic bags from June 1.
Churcher said a move towards clean technologies, recovery and recycling and less wasteful processes had been identified as a solution towards effective management of waste in Ghana.
She noted that currently the production and indiscriminate disposal of plastics and their harmful effects on the environment had assumed alarming proportions.
Managing waste in a sustainable manner calls for an all-inclusive strategy involving government and the private sector, she said.
The Mayor of Accra, Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson, expressed worry about the filth and squalor that had engulfed the city stressing that indiscipline was at the core of the problem.
Sachet water producers are expected to contribute 450 million cedis monthly towards waste disposal in the city but they say they cannot raise the money.

21 may 2005 18:21:00

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