Ghana sachet water producers seek dialogue authorities

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- The National Association of Sachet Water Producers (NASWAP) called Wednesday for dialogue with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) on how to clean the city of plastic waste, after the AMA threatened to ban the sale of sachet water, and the production, storage, sale and possession of plastic bags.
The Association, which has been at odds with the AMA, warned it would go to court if the AMA went ahead to ban the sale of sachet water in the Metropolis.
"We are not involved in any illegal business.
We have the right to work and produce," the Association said.
NASWAP spokesperson Kwame Adjapong Ntra asked AMA to consider a proposal it submitted to the Assembly in March on how to clear the plastic waste that has been choking Accra.
He said the proposal contained a suggestion to the Government to pass a law that would levy the import of granules used in the manufacture of plastics.
Ntra said the levy, which could be collected by the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS), would yield 40-50 billion cedis annually instead of the 450 million cedis the AMA was asking NASWAP to pay monthly.
"This will also be spread on all persons who use plastics in their business, including non-registered members of sachet water producers in the country," Ntra said.
AMA CEO Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson announced that the Assembly had resolved to temporarily ban the manufacture and sale of sachet water and all forms of plastic bags in the City with effect from 1 June this year.
He said the Assembly unanimously took the decision at its last sitting.
Addressing a press conference in Accra, Blankson said it would be an offence to possess such items or for them to be seen in a factory, warehouse or in a shop.
He said all the 13 Sub-Metros in the Metropolis would enforce the ban.
"However, the handlers have a choice to produce an alternative material, which could be confirmed as bio-degradable," he declared.

27 april 2005 19:38:00

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