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Minister tours plastic recycling plants in Accra

Rhodaline Anane Mensah

The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, has toured some plastic recycling facilities in the capital, to get firsthand information on challenges confronting the industry for possible redress.

The minister who was accompanied by some officials from the Environmental Protection Agency visited the Kpone landfill sites, where about 400,000 tonnes of plastic waste are collected daily to recycling facilities, the Spaceplast Company Limited, where about 50,000 tonnes of plastic are recycled daily and La Plastic Collectors Association to engage members.

Addressing members of the Plastic Waste Collectors Association, Dr. Afriyie said, the ministry recognized the efforts of the plastic waste collectors in curbing the menace of in-discriminatory waste disposal in the country.

He said plastic waste collectors played a significant role in promoting proper sanitation, and that, his outfit through the collaboration of the Ministry of Sanitation and Water Resources, Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), and other agencies would streamline the sector to become more vibrant.

Dr. Afriyie said, he believed challenges confronting the industry would be addressed after dialogue with the relevant ministries, stressing” the ministry has received several complaints from the Plastic Waste Collectors Association on the challenges they encounter when transporting the plastic to recycling facilities.

We are also aware of the lack of logistics challenges as well as the inadequate recycling company to buy the plastic, I must say that government will do everything possible to assist the industry

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