We have BANNED plastic at our premises- UK High Commission warns staff, patrons

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Iain Walker, British High Commissioner has said the High Commission has banned ‘single use’ plastics at their premises.

Single use plastic, MyNewsGH learnt is plastic bags used just once to be disposed off right after use.

The British diplomat revealed this to be part of a strategy of ending plastic pollution in Ghana.

He wrote on twitter:

“We at @UkinGhana have also started the ban of all single-use plastics in all our premises. We are committed to end #EndPlasticPollution. Delighted Ghana is part of the Commonwealth Clean Ocean Alliance. Time for action.” Iain Walker added,

Last month, Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, Prof. Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng said government is considering a ban on the use of some plastic items such as black polythene bags.

He said government is unhappy with the pollution caused by the haphazard dumping of plastic waste in the country and plans to take serious measures to address the challenge.

“There has to be a ban on some plastic, but how we are going to do it is something our plan will determine. We will have to start something. I can imagine the situation where we will start with carrier bags, straws, chewing gums, plastic cutlery and things like that” he said as MyNewsGH reported.

“We will start with those things and when the water situation improves and we get alternatives for containers for fluids…palm oil and cooking oil in the market and so on,” he added.

Prof Frimpong-Boateng however, called for adequate education on the need for a ban because “we don’t want a situation where you ban things and people will flout the regulations but you can’t prosecute. We don’t want that.”

Source: MyNewsGH.com

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