The government suspended the ban which was to have taken effect from November 1, 2015 due to a petition which was filed by the producers on plastics in Ghana.
Plastic producers in Ghana have been given six months to tackle the country’s sanitation or risk being slapped with a new ban on light plastics.
The Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Mahama Ayariga in an interview with Accra-based Joy FM said government is currently focusing on the biodegradability of plastics for a period of six months to one year to examine how effective it is in helping the nation address the problem.
After the June 3 floods which claimed hundreds of lives and destroyed properties worth millions of Ghana cedis, the government imposed a ban on light plastics.
Another directive was given that no plastic from August 1, should be on the market unless it is biodegradable.
The government however suspended the ban which was to have taken effect from November 1, 2015 due to a petition which was filed by the producers on plastics in Ghana.
According Mr. Ayariga, there is currently an understanding that plastic manufacturers should “work out a strategy with us on how to keep the environment clean from their products such as helping with sanitation management.”
“For instance, they promised to provide bins at strategic locations in the cities so there are several measures that we are looking at,” he added.