Plastic waste management: Government sets up levy for plastic importers

Plastic waste management: Government sets up levy for plastic importers

Managing plastic waste has been one of government's biggest problems since there is no proper proper legislation to back how the non-biodegradable plastic is managed.

The government of Ghana as part of its efforts to manage plastic wastes in the country, set up a plastic levy.

The new policy on plastic waste management would be grounded on five focal points including attitudinal change, governance, and cross-sectoral collaboration.

The Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, made this known on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at the Information Ministry’s Meet the Press Series.

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Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said a bank account has been created where persons who import plastic products into Ghana would be made to pay a particular amount of money towards the management of plastic wastes.

He spoke against what he termed as the outright ban of plastic bags in Ghana.

“In managing plastics, we think that the wholesale ban will not be in the interest of the nation,” he said.

The minister however argued that plastic products were not bad but that their management was a challenge and stressed that it would not be prudent for Ghana to at this time ban plastic materials.

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