Use Of Light Plastics To Be Scrapped On 1st November

| Updated Feb 08, 2017 at 1:00pm



Stakeholders in the Plastic Industry have agreed that effective November 1, all light plastic materials will be discarded from the system.

They have also agreed that those who produce or import light plastic materials below 20 microns be sanctioned.

The move is part of government's effort to ban light plastic materials in the country due to the environmental and health consequences.

The Executive Director in- charge-of Climate Change and Sustainable Development of the Ministry of Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, Peter Derry said this on our Current Affairs Programme, “Focus” via telephone.

The Director of the Water Research Institute at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Dr Joseph Addo Ampofo said plastic materials are very harmful to human health and should be avoided when possible.

He said too cold or hot bottled water and micro-waved foods are all harmful.

Contributing to the programme via telephone, the Director-Institute of Environment and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, Prof Chris Gordon said the ban on plastic materials will be effective if there is the political will.

He blamed the menace on people's attitude and this calls for serious education to correct it.

Meanwhile, the Executive Director of Agriculture Management Services of Ghana, Philip Abayori has added his voice to the decision to ban the production of non-degradable polythenes in the country.

Speaking to Radio Ghana, Mr Abayori said the polythenes are not only destroying the eco-system but also killing fish stock in the Ocean.

He said prior to the manufacture of these polythenes, bio-degradable materials were used as carrier bags including paper and leaves.

A total ban will therefore save the nations agriculture and aqua culture productions.