GOVERNMENT COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING PLASTIC WASTE MANAGEMENT CHALLENGE

The Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources, Hon. Kofi Adda has assured stakeholders in the plastics manufacturing industry that government is currently formulating a draft National Plastic Policy and a National Sanitation Policy as part of efforts to help address the plastic waste management challenge in Ghana. 

Hon. Adda also emphasized that government will give all stakeholders within the plastic products industry the opportunity to make inputs into these two policy documents before they are passed. 

The Sanitation Minister made these pronouncements while having a dialogue session with major stakeholders within the plastic products industry on how best to tackle the plastic waste management challenge in Ghana. Stakeholders present at the meeting were representatives from the Ghana Plastic Manufacturers’ Association (GPMA), National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers (NASPAWAP), Plastic Waste Collectors Association of Ghana and Mohinani Group, the largest plastic packaging group in Ghana. Also present at the meeting was the BUSAC Fund Manager, Mr. Nicolas Gebara. 

In response to GPMA’s 2015 advocacy action on the integration of technology into plastic waste management, the Sanitation Minister convened the meeting to dialogue with the various actors within the plastics products sector on possible plastic waste management options available to the government aside a total ban on plastics. 

Hon. Kofi Adda urged stakeholders in the plastics industry to present proposals spelling out the various plastic waste management options to government to demonstrate that the sector is proactive rather than reactionary in resolving the plastic waste management challenge. He also commended representatives of the various plastic manufacturing associations on their contribution to the Environmental Excise Tax (EET) which till date has provided about GH¢ 96 million to government revenue. 

The general consensus at the meeting was that representatives from the Ministry of Sanitation, plastic industry representatives and other stakeholders should form a small working group to submit proposals that can help find an antidote to the plastic waste menace.  

Mr. Nicolas Gebara, the BUSAC Fund Manager, advised representatives of the plastic manufacturing associations to provide evidence based research findings when presenting their proposals to the Government. This, he stated, adds credence to their advocacy issues. 

The Sanitation Minister thanked the BUSAC Fund Manager for the Fund’s cooperation and stated that he was aware of the efforts of BUSAC Fund in strengthening the advocacy capacity of private sector business associations. 

The President of GPMA, Mr. Ebbo Botwe also thanked the Sanitation Minister for inviting representatives of the plastic manufacturing associations to dialogue on such important issues affecting the plastics sector.

Story by: John Asante & Ebenezer Kpentey, the BUSAC Fund.