Minister reveals gov’t is not ready to ban plastics

Minister reveals gov’t is not ready to ban plastics

The minister of environment, science and technology, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has declared that Ghana is not ready to ban plastics.

According to him, the country depended heavily on plastics and for that reason a ban would not be in the country’s best interest.

He explained that although it is clear plastics pose a threat to the environment, a ban is not the best way to go, as the country heavily depended on it.

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Per a report, Professor Frimpong however noted that a plastic policy draft has been submitted to Parliament for approval.

“Years ago, we were under pressure to ban plastics in Ghana because certain countries in Africa had banned plastics.

We think that we should be careful about how we go about it. If we ban something and we are not able to monitor it.

But in banning plastics, we think that a wholesale ban will not be in the interest of Ghana because plastics are used everywhere.

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So I don’t think it will be prudent for Ghana to at this particular time to ban something like sachet water because a lot of people depend on it.

Plastics are not bad therefore, we should learn how to manage plastics. When we do that, it will be a good thing for us. So, let’s look at the life cycle of plastics before we take a decision," he stressed.

The minister also revealed that plans are advanced for the introduction of a plastic levy as a measure to reduce the volume of plastics in the country.

The move is expected to also generate income for the government and this could be used for initiatives such as recycling of plastics.

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