Environmental researchers and industry players have indicated that Ghana loses approximately one hundred million dollars every year in Accra as a result of its efforts to combat flooding.
They explain that this predicament can be avoided by the government if it gives significant attention to the management of plastic waste in the country.
Since 1950, the amount of plastic that has been produced on a global scale has increased to an estimated 9.2 billion metric tons, as stated in a report published by the United Nations Environment Programme.
Dr. Ebenezer Laryea, a researcher and senior lecturer at the University of Northampton, called on the government to “spearhead a massive behavioral change drive to help reduce the use of plastics and their related pollution of the environment.”
He was speaking on the sidelines of a stakeholder discussion on how to address the plastic waste menace in Ghana, which was an initiative by Blue Skies Limited and the University of Northampton to find circular economic solutions to plastics.