Plastic Waste Management Programme supports waste collectors

Accra, Aug.15, GNA
– The Plastic Waste Management Programme (PWMP) Ghana, in collaboration with
the Environmental Services Providers Association, has presented 25 tricycles to
the Plastic Waste Collectors Association to facilitate good sanitation in
Ghana.

The tricycles,
which cost 162,500 Ghana cedis, formed part of the PWMP’s social intervention
programme to enable the collectors to effectively collect waste for recycling
in Ghana.

Mr Ebbo Botwe, the
National Programme Director of Plastic Waste Collectors Association, told the
Ghana News Agency (GNA) that access to finance by the waste collectors had been
a major challenge hence the support to facilitate collection of the waste.

He said payment was
spread over one and half year period to enable other companies to benefit.

He said the
collectors had been collecting over 150 tonnes a day and called for the
establishment of a plastic waste recycling fund to enable the recycling
companies and the collectors to expand their operations.

Mr Botwe said the
recycling companies purchased over 80,000 Ghana cedis of plastic daily and had
also provided 5,000 jobs for the youth in Ghana.

Mrs Ama
Ofori-Antwi, the Executive Secretary of the Environmental Services Providers
Association, advised the beneficiaries of the tricycles to put them to good use
to enable them to pay back, support themselves and their families.

She said: “We will
co-operate with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly to ensure that the filth
created by plastic waste was brought under control’’.

Mr Thomas Mustapha
Ashong, the Presiding Member of the AMA, called for more commitment from the
stakeholders since the Assembly alone could not effectively manage waste in
Accra.

Ha blamed the
negative attitudes of people towards sanitation and waste management leading to
Cholera outbreak and flooding in some part of the Metropolis.

Mr Elvis Oppong,
the Chairman of the Plastic Waste Collectors Association, expressed gratitude
to the Environmental Services Providers Association, AMA, the Plastic Waste
Management Programme and the Government for the kind gesture.

GNA

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