On hold Ban on light plastics suspended

The ban, which was expected to take effect from November 1, 2015, was aimed at helping the country deal with the poor sanitation issues.

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Ban on light plastics suspended

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Government has suspended an intended ban on light plastics, the Head of Public Affairs at the Environment, Science and Innovation, Alhaji Zakchariah Musah has said.

The ban, which was expected to take effect from November 1, 2015, was aimed at helping the country deal with the poor sanitation issues which is affecting the health of the populace.

Head of Public Affairs at the Environment, Science and Innovation, Alhaji Zakchariah Musah told Accra-based Joy Fm, that government has decided to hold on to the ban following a petition from the Ghana Plastic Manufacturers Association.

He, however, added that government will still enforce the directive for all plastic producers to make their products degradable.

“Until we meet with the stakeholders, the issue about the micron age will not be a problem for now. Initially it was the two bodies that agreed on the micronage and oxo-biodegradable - the additive, and later it came up that at the end of the day when they add the oxo-biodegradable, whether it is less than 20 microns or above, the oxo-biodegradable will eventually decompose it. So from 1st November we expect them to use oxo-biodegradable while we think about the petition brought to us," he said.

Minister of Environment, Innovation Science and Technology, Mahama Ayariga on July 30, 2015 announced a ban on light plastic materials with less than 20 microns, such as ones used in packaging sugar, gari and porridge.

Manufacturers of these plastic bags, he said, must ensure that all products that do not meet the standards are disposed of.

However, last two weeks, the plastic manufacturers association sent a petition to government not to enforce the ban, promising they will add biodegradable materials to the light plastics.

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