Immediate ban of plastic materials in Ghana not the best – Minister

Must Read

Asiedu Nketia promises to take over Sir John’s role in his family

General Secretary of the NDC, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, aka General Mosquito has promised to takeover the family duties of...

Carlos Ahenkorah’s campaign team member allegedly dead from Covid-19

A campaign team member of the embattled Tema West MP, Carlos Ahenkorah has passed on after allegedly contracting Covid-19. Sources...

NDC ranked number 1 in use of indecent, abusive language on radio

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been ranked as the most abusive political party on radio due to the...
ABC News Ghana is an investigative media house that focuses on politics, sports and the economy. Our work is thoroughly researched, balanced and fair. Our vision is to become the most preferred indigenous news brand for men in West Africa.

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, has cautioned Ghanaians to be circumspect in their demand for a quick ban of plastic products in the country.

According to the Minister,  there was the need for necessary interventions and policies to be instituted before the country could take an outright decision to ban the manufacture and use of plastic materials in the country.

“In managing plastics, we think that a wholesale ban of plastic will not be in the interest of Ghana because plastics are used everywhere from the hospitals, homes, agriculture and industries,” he stated, adding “Certain things will be easy to ban such as carrier bags used for shopping but something used to carry water will be difficult to ban.”

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng made the remarks at a meet the press encounter in Accra on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

The Minister also used the occasion to present the Ministry’s 2018 annual report.

He said the final draft of Plastic Management Policy with its implementation plan had been submitted to Cabinet for approval, noting that the policy was part of measures to encourage the effective and efficient recycling of plastics in the country.

Prof Frimpong-Boateng explained that under the new policy, importers of plastic materials into the country would be required to pay some levies which would be used to take care of plastic waste in the country.

Project done by the ministry

He said the Ministry in collaboration with the German Government has inaugurated a Health Post, Football Pitch and a Training Facility at Agbogbloshie in March this year to boost the country’s capacity in the collection and dismantling as well as and disposal of E-waste.

He added that the Ministry had also provided 8,275 farmers with inputs to implement Solid and Liquid Waste Management (SLWM) technologies to improve their farming practices.

Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said six Community Resource Management Areas (CREMAs), covering 88 communities within the Western Wildlife Biological Corridor were being developed and farmers supported to undertake bee keeping and shea nut processing.


Submit your stories or articles to or Whatsapp them to +233 553620623

- Advertisement -


Latest News

Egypt: US visa lottery winners frustrated by Trump’s ban extension

US President Donald Trump’s decision to suspend the 2020 US Diversity Visa Lottery could have dramatic consequences on thousands...

EC rectifies wrong bio-data of issued voter cards

The Electoral Commission has rectified and re-issued voter cards with wrong bio-data of applicants. It would be recalled that images of some newly issued voter...

794 gets Presidential amnesty

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in consultation with the council of state has granted amnesty to 794 prisoners. This, according to the Presidency, is an...

Ghanaians share lessons learnt from Covid-19 pandemic

"More people infected with Covid-19 as cases surge globally" has become a very familiar yet undesirable chorus on every media platform causing immense discomfort,...

Commuters stranded as Metro Mass staff hold nationwide sit-down strike

Commuters were left stranded at the Kaneshie depot of the Metro Mass Transit today, July 3, following a nationwide sit-down strike by staff of...

More Articles Like This

%d bloggers like this: