Plastic waste indiscriminately strewed swallowing mother Ghana has become an eyesore in the society dredged from chocked gutters clogging our poorly maintenance drainage system. In an attempt to ban the use of plastic materials by Ghana’s president John Mahama, the Environmental Service Providers Association has cautioned against the health implications of the president’s threat to the ban.
According to them, re-adoption of the ‘iced water’ sold in cups could pose public health concerns and many others into the business will lose their jobs since it has generated employment for hundreds of Ghanaians. Also, the association believes environmental taxes which is worth over 60million Ghana cedis could support local industries to expand their recycling plants to convert higher volumes of plastics into useful items.
Plastic waste constitutes about 17 per cent solid waste generated in Ghana and this translates to 510 metric tons of plastic waste generated in Accra. Plastic waste in the environment affects humans, wildlife and its habitat in diverse ways. It is estimated that decomposition of plastic takes about 400 years. Recycling of plastic reduces filth in our environment. In Ghana, companies such as Kaymagie –co-ltd at Kwadaso Estates, Qualiplast at Liberation Road, Poly Kraft Gh.ltd in Tema, Poly Products Gh. ltd in North Industrial Area etc. are into recycling of plastic waste. Some useful items produced from plastic waste are necklaces, Plastic lamps, recycled plastic beads, jewelry stand, soda bottle lanterns, upcycled plastic wallet, recycled plastic rugs, plastic bracelets, upcycled plastic toys etc.
Plastic isn’t just for bottles and containers, in many parts of the world including Ghana, it is transforming the quality of life creating millions of job opportunities for citizens.
STORY BY: ZION OFOSU-HEMAA OWUSU LEVEL 400B JOURNALISM