An Environmentalist, Mr Emmanuel Addai says the government should consider banning the use of sachet and bottled water first to help reduce plastic pollution.
According to him, banning of sachet and bottled water will be a major step to solving the plastic menace.
Mr Addai made this comment in reaction to a debate that transpired on the floor of Parliament over the ban of plastics in the country.
Government stated that in curbing the menace of plastics in the country, plastic carrier bags, straws, plastic cutlery, chewing gums, and plastics in cosmetics will be banned.
In an interview with Starr FM, Mr Emmanuel Addai said banning the use of plastics in the country should begin with sachet and bottled water
On July 10 2019 , the Minister for Environment, Science Technology and Innovation, Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, reiterated government’s position on the ban in Parliament when he commented on a statement made by the MP for Builsa South Constituency, Dr Clement Apaak, who wanted a national policy on plastics, which he said, had become a nuisance to the environment.
The government, Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said, was working on a bill, which would soon be presented to the House for consideration to deal with the plastic menace in the country.
In managing the menace of plastics, however, he said the government was in favour of reducing the risk of plastics by recycling and recovering the plastics.
Dr Apaak, in his statement, decried the menace of plastics, which is, directly and indirectly, affecting living organisms throughout the ecosystem including an increasingly high impact on marine life at macro and micro scale.
The Environmentalist, Mr Addai also provided alternative ways in which companies can serve the water needs of Ghanaians.
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