Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng
Federal government is contemplating imposing specific levies on imported plastic products to elevate earnings for the management of plastics in the region.
Resources realised from the levy will be channelled into plastic segregation to make it possible for for straightforward assortment and recycling, between other steps.
The Minister of Atmosphere, Science, Technology and Innovation (MESTI), Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, who declared this when he took his change at the meet-the-push sequence in Accra yesterday, reported the proposed levies were being contained in a National Plastic Administration Plan which was remaining made to aid arrest the rising plastic waste air pollution in the place.
The plan, he reported, concentrated on behavioural adjust, segregation and recycling of plastics, adding that it was the vision of the federal government to harness the financial probable of plastics to create positions and wealth for Ghanaians.
“We believe that the wholesale ban of plastics will not be in the fascination of Ghana since plastics are applied almost everywhere — in hospitals, houses, agriculture and market,” he mentioned.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng said in the confront of growing challenges in that contains the plastic menace in the nation, warning must be exercised, given that a wholesale ban was not feasible, conveying that banning some thing and not getting ready to implement the coverage could defeat its intent.
“I do not feel it will be prudent for Ghana, at this particular time, to ban plastics these kinds of as sachet drinking water baggage. What we are interested in is right disposal of plastic via recycling. When we are in a position to do that, it will support us make positions in a clean up atmosphere,” he included.
According to him, a lot of non-public providers in the place have been now into the recycling of plastics into paper supplies, diesel and petrol.
The minister reported his outfit would set up an experimental residence, a waste recovery facility, in Kumasi for the recycling of plastics.
Analysis and growth fund
Touching on the establishment of a investigate and progress (R&D) fund, he reported the authorities had specified approval that the fund be enhanced from .25 for each cent to just one for each cent of GDP.
That, he reported, was a obvious indicator that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was fully commited to putting science and study at the centre of the country’s growth insurance policies.
“We imagine that if the money is out there to research establishments and universities, both equally personal and public, we can do a lot,” he added.
In a bid to exploit house engineering to the country’s gain, he explained, the authorities had made a nationwide area coverage which would concentration on the utilisation of space technological know-how for countrywide progress.
Prof. Frimpong-Boateng explained the ministry, in collaboration with the Ministry of Communications, would also set up a floor station that would allow for Ghana to do earth observation and a weather station to watch earthquakes.