We have banned plastic at our premises - UK High Commission

We have banned plastic at our premises - UK High Commission

The British High Commission has taken a decision to ban all single-use plastics around their premises.

This was revealed by the UK High Commissioner to Ghana, Ian Walker during a Twitter post.

Single-use plastics are plastic bags that are disposed of after being used on just one occasion.

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The UK diplomat said the ban is geared towards helping Ghana end plastic pollution, which appears to be very dominant around the country.

“We at @UkinGhana have also started the ban of all single-use plastics in all our premises. We are committed to end #EndPlasticPollution. Delighted Ghana is part of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance. Time for action,” Ian Walker wrote on his Twitter page.

This comes after the government of Ghana previously hinted that it is considering placing a ban on plastic items, including polythene bags and plastic cutlery.

Speaking to journalists a month ago, Minister for Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng said plastic waste is one of the major pollutants in Ghana.

According to him, the government was making plans to ensure that this challenge becomes a thing of the past.

We have banned plastic at our premises - UK High Commission

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There has to be a ban on some plastic, but how we are going to do it is something our plan will determine. We will have to start something. I can imagine the situation where we will start with carrier bags, straws, chewing gums, plastic cutlery and things like that,” the Environment and Science Minister said.

We will start with those things and when the water situation improves and we get alternatives for containers for fluids…palm oil and cooking oil in the market and so on,” he added.

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