Ghana Unfolds National Roadmap to Eliminate Plastic Waste.
The African nation of Ghana has announced plans to develop a national roadmap for sustainable management of plastic waste. The plan aims shift towards a circular plastics economy to reduce pollution and prevent hazardous substances from leaking into the environment.
Although the country has taken several proactive steps towards sustainable management of electronic waste, it has not focused on plastic waste until now. The proposed roadmap is expected to sustainably manage and reduce plastic waste in the country. Ghana proposes to launch two initiatives. The first step is the formulation of a National Plastic Management Policy to promote sustainability and reusability of plastics. The second initiative focuses on creation of nation-wide platform that will exchange data and information on recycling by all stakeholders.
Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Ghana’s Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation stated that it foresees significant achievements for the country by putting standards and policies in place.
The country had recently joined the Global Plastic Action Partnership (GPAP), thus becoming the first African nation and the third country in the world to partner with the international initiative, after Indonesia and Vietnam. Incidentally, GPAP targets zero leakage of plastic waste into oceans and waterways.