Ban on plastics takes effect in November

Government has announced a ban on plastics of below 20 microns from November, 2015.

As a result, producers of plastics have been given a 90-day period within which to dispose of existing light plastics.

The grace period begins from August 1, 2015.

Announcing the partial ban on Thursday, July 30, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Mahama Ayariga explained that the ban affects plastic bags used to wrap sugar, peanuts and other stuff as well as polythene bags.

“After 90 days, no plastics should be in the market unless they are biodegradable,” Mr Ayariga said.

Government hinted at the ban of plastics after President John Dramani Mahama acknowledged the filth they create, pointing out that Ghana could go the Rwanda style.

The country’s waste – mostly generated by plastic – has been cited as cause of the perennial flooding as they choke drains and gutters.

Government held a roundtable meeting with stakeholders two weeks ago to firm up a decision on the ban after waste management companies raised concerns about the government’s intention.

By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh||Ghana

Twitter: @kwame_amoh

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