Dominic Azimbe Azumah, NDC MP for Garu/Tempane and Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Goernment

Information reaching  The Chronicle indicates that the government has  intensified its search for alternative plastic materials to save the country from the debilitating effects on the environment. The Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology (MEST), The Chronicle learnt, has been tasked with the onerous responsibility of finding an alternative biodegradable (easily decomposable) material.Since the government begun showing an interest in addressing the precarious harm on the environment as a result of the indiscriminate littering of plastic materials, more suggestions have cropped up, with some experts opting for paper bags that are eco-friendly.

Others have also suggested putting a levy on plastic materials, so that the revenue accrued from it would be used in addressing the problems associated with its usage.

Another school of thought was for players in the waste management sector to consider buying back waste plastic materials for recycling.

The latter, The Chronicle learnt has been adopted, and is currently on a pilot basis in some communities.

Available information to the paper indicates that the buy-back initiative is yielding massive results, since it has created employment avenues for the unemployed, whilst others have joined the lucrative business on a part-time basis to supplement their incomes.

Due to ever-increasing garbage, and its associated problems in the country, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), according to sources, is also considering venturing into the lucrative recycling business.

The Assembly is currently in touch with an American company for the proposed project. Accra currently produces between 1,500-2,000 metric tonnes of garbage daily, and the AMA believes that the proposed recycling plant would be of enough help in addressing the problems confronting the Assembling, if it is set up.

Other Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) are also considering doing same.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Garu/Tempane and Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Local Government, Dominic Azimbe Azumah, in an interview with The Chronicle, confirmed the step taken by the government to address the effects of plastic materials on the environment.

But, in doing so, he noted that the government was taking precautionary measures in order not to let people lose their business.

“The government is approaching the issue with care in order not let people lose their source of livelihoods. So many suggestions have cropped up, but the government has tasked the Ministry of Environment, Science and Technology to search for alternative plastic products that are eco-friendly,” he noted.

He said the government was considering setting up recycling plants as part of measures in addressing the ever-increasing volumes of garbage in the country, and therefore, lauded Zoomlion Ghana Limited for taking the initiative to set up a sorting and composting facility to deal with the garbage problem confronting the Accra Metropolis.

“In other parts of the world, it is the government that owns compost plants due to the huge cost associated with it. I am very much impressed to see the wonderful facility being put up by Zoomlion Ghana to complement the government’s effort in addressing the huge volumes of garbage generated every day,” he added.

Mr. Azumah assured Zoomlion that the government would give it the needed support, since the waste problem in the country was becoming unbearable.

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