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MADAM Cindy Badu, the acting Director of Built Environment at the Environmental Protection Agency, has warned that if the menace of plastic waste is not checked, the sea is...
MADAM Cindy Badu, the acting Director of Built Environment at the Environmental Protection Agency, has warned that if the menace of plastic waste is not checked, the sea is likely to be filled with more plastic than fishes in some decades to come. She mentioned this at an event to mark International Waste Pickers day in Accra.

The event was organised by Total Ghana Ltd together with Voltic, COLIBA and the Ghana Recycling Initiative by Private Enterprises to celebrate waste pickers in the capital and also organise health screening for them. Madam Badu said any initiative that would help bring the situation under control must be supported.

“The environment is a shared responsibility. The menace of plastic waste is now a developmental concern. At the rate at which plastic is entering the seas, there is likely to be more plastic than fish in some decades to come. Any initiative to prevent plastic pollution both in the sea and environment needs to be encouraged,” she said.

Joyce Ahiadorme, the public affairs and communication manager of Voltic, was full of praise for the waste pickers for their commitment to making the IRECYCLE project a success.

She said, “On November 23rd last year, we stood here to launch the IRECYCLE project with our partners. We began with five bins as a pilot, today I am happy to see through our commitment of our partners particularly the waste pickers, and we have collected about 200kg of plastics so far.”

Mr Eric Franchini, the managing director of Total Ghana Ltd, said his outfit was committed to promoting and developing plastic recycling both locally and at the global level.

“On 18th February 2019, Total acquired Synova, a French leader in manufacturing high-performance recycled polypropylene for the automotive sector. Synova produces 20,000 tonnes per year of polypropylene that meets the highest quality standards of original equipment manufacturers and automakers from recycled plastics,” he added. He reiterated that the IRECYCLE projects affirmed their commitment to be the responsible energy outfit.

The country manager of COLIBA called on the government to partner recycling firms to promote recycling in the country.

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