By Cecil Mensah
Poly Group of companies Limited, one of the leading plastic manufacturers in the country, has complied with the Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovations’ directives for the production of bio-degradable plastics.
This came to the fore, when the Minister of Science, Technology and Innovations, Mr Mahama Ayariga, and officials of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) led by its Executive Director, Daniel Amlalo, paid an unannounced visits to the factories of Poly Group of Companies and Qualiplast Ghana Limited at the North Industrial area in Accra.
According to the Ministry, it has directed all plastic manufacturers in the country to use bio-degradable additives in the production of plastics.
He said, bio-degradable additives are not harmful and can easily decay, after eight months of getting in touch with the environment.
Mahama Ayariga, interacting with the Managing Director (MD) of Poly Group of Companies, Mr Anoob Mbinta and Mr Fares Akl, MD of Qualiplast Company Limited during the tour of the factories, said the policy of the Ministry was to suspend the earlier directives of a total ban on the use of plastics in the country.
He said, henceforth the Ministry, has directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to withdraw the operating permit of plastic companies, who fail to adhere to the new policy for all plastic companies to produce bio-degradable plastics.
He said, the periodic visits to various plastic manufacturing companies were to send a strong signal to the manufacturers that, the Ministry was
serious about the new directives.
He said, it was in view of this that, it suspended the earlier directives of a total ban of plastic products in the country.
He said, the production of bio-degradable plastics would not balloon the cost of productionof plastics for the companies operating in the country.
He noted that the visit was a follow-up process on the need to ensure the policy for all manufacturers to produce the bio-degradable products.
He said Ministry and the team from EPA will keep visiting the various factories to ensure manufacturers were adhering to the policy to save the environment.
He reminded them that the focus is now on the production of bio-degradable products and not a total ban on plastic as earlier directed by the Ministry.
He said the Ministry is working with the Ghana Standards Authority to ensure manufacturers adhere to the right quantities of the bio-degradable additives for the production of plastics.
He said bio-degradable plastics have a short life span depending on their exposure to the weather, will decay in eight months’ time.
He noted these naturally degrade into the soil and it is harmless to the environment and gave the assurance that Ministry will very soon provide
bins at vantage points to enable people throw their waste neatly in in the city.
Mr Anoob Mbinta, MD of Poly Groupof Companies said his company started producing bio-degradable products two years ago before the directives were given by the Ministry.
He thanked the Minister and his entourage for the visit and pledged to continuously adhere to the directives at all times.