Kwahu Easter: Zoomling Provides 300 Bins for Plastic Waste Management Campaign by MESTI and Others | Social

A campaign dubbed Plastic is a resource not waste to manage plastic waste during this year’s Easter festivities in Kwahu Ridge and the Eastern Region as a whole has been launched.

The plastic waste management campaign is an initiative of the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI) in collaboration with the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development (MLGDRD) through Kwahu East District Assembly (KEDA) and Kwahu South. Municipal Assembly (KSMA).

The waste management company, Zoomlion Ghana Limited, is actively involved and supporting with approximately 300 bins and other waste management logistics including staff, all with the aim of ensuring that the Easter festivities take place in an environment clean and healthy.

Launching the campaign on the forecourt of the Abetifi Chief’s Palace in Abetifi in the Eastern Region on Tuesday, April 5, 2022, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie said ahead of the Easter festivities on the Kwahu Ridge, huge volumes of plastic waste are expected to be generated during the period.

“And it is for this reason that I humbly implore all – religious bodies, schools, leaders, event organisers, state and non-state actors, the private sector and the media to put in place measures segregation and collection of plastics,” said the minister. accused

He denounced the alarming rate of the plastic menace across the country, adding that it was unfortunate that Ghana was sinking in a sea of ​​plastics.

“From our roadsides, water bodies, parks and drainage systems, the widespread dumping of trash and the indiscriminate dumping of these plastics is causing serious environmental and public health risks,” he lamented. .

According to him, the situation was worse in the northern part of the country as plastics were littered all over the environment.

Even though Ghana has been applauded globally for its efforts to find lasting solutions to its myriad environmental problems, Dr Afriyie pointed out that the country continues to grapple with major challenges, particularly in collecting plastic waste and light waste management. plastics.

In this regard, he expressed his strong commitment to work with the other ministers who are stakeholders in this campaign to achieve a sustainable management of plastics in the country.

He noted that most of the plastic waste generated ends up in rivers and drains in the south of the country.

The Minister therefore called on the people of the Eastern region to contribute to the fight against the plastics pandemic.

He warned that the threat of plastics has the potential to disrupt the country’s future development.

“However, I still see an opportunity for us as a country. Beyond the nuisance we call waste, I see a resource that has the potential to grow the economy and create jobs through industry. dynamic and market-oriented national recycling centre,” he said. .

However, he said, this can be achieved when Ghanaians see waste as a resource that can be turned into useful products.

The action life cycle of plastics, he argued, does not end when they are placed in the trash.

But, he said, recycling plastics helps make a substantial difference.

Therefore, Dr Afriyie called on citizens to stop viewing plastic as waste, “but as a renewable resource that needs to be disposed of properly.

He admitted that the benefits of recycling plastics were huge, ranging from building and building materials to bags and fuel, as well as creating jobs for many Ghanaians.

Significantly, he said a circular economy for plastics offers a promising vision for stemming the tide of plastic waste, adding that converting this idea into a fully functioning system will require greater cooperation from all key stakeholders. .

The Ankobeahene of Abetifi, Nana Anim Dwumfuor II, who represented the Abetifihene/Kwahu Adontenhene, affirmed the chiefs’ support for the success of the initiative.

He praised the minister for launching what he described as a “laudable initiative” that will help stem the threat of plastic litter in the region.

He said he was sad people didn’t see plastic waste as a killer.

He took the opportunity to ask the Minister to ensure that the necessary logistics to facilitate and support the campaign are made available.

On his part, the Eastern Regional General Manager of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Mr. George Aguadze revealed that during the festivities, his company as a partner will support municipalities with 300 bins and compaction trucks among other logistics. .
He explained that this was to ensure effective management of plastic waste during the Easter celebrations.

Source: Peacefmonline.com

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