"Gov't Will Not Interfere In Private Recycling Initiative" - MESTI Minister (PICS)

The Minister for Environment, Science, Technology, and Innovation (MESTI), Dr. Kwaku Afriyie has confirmed that the Akufo-Addo administration will not interfere in the private recycling initiative started by the Zoomlion boss, Dr. Siaw.

According to the Minister, the government will not set up any system to compete in that space.

The Minister said “I have discussed it with Dr. Siaw Agyepong and his managers that we are thinking about different things. For the other key ministers, we have met at least four times on this matter, and we have an idea of what will work and what will not work. The whole recycling idea is a private initiative and the government will not set up any system to compete in that space"

Rather, the Minister hinted that the government is looking at capacity issues so it can expand and deal with them.

Dr. Afriyie stressed that all these measures fit into the government’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa.

The MESTI Minister further urged the Ministries of Sanitation and Water Resources, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Local Government, and Education to sensitize the public in the management of plastics and waste in general.

Dr. Kwaku Afriyie added that the central government is aiming for a secular economy.

"By becoming a secular economy, he noted that Ghana would be able to recycle aluminum cans, e-waste, plastics among others, and then also turn them into other useful items. Some we can turn them into energy among others,” he added.

Dr. Afriyie indicated that the model currently being used for plastics was based on economic incentives, which is “when you bring (plastics), they weigh them and they pay you.”

“…and that is why we have realized that the PET bottles and the sachet water and then the under 20 microns (we call it the flexible bags), you see that people are not inclined to pick them. But they are the ones that give plastics a bad name,” he pointed out.

It was against this backdrop that the minister said the government was looking for an alternative model that will complement the economic incentive model.

On his part, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Dr. Henry Kwabena Kokofu, who accompanied the minister, entreated the citizenry to have positive attitudes towards the environment.

He said segregation of waste was very key to helping the country manage waste efficiently.

He assured that his agency was ready to partner with the private sector to ensure the proper management of waste in the country.

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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith