Effia-Kwesimintsim Assembly receives litter bins

The Western Regional branch of the National Association of Sachet and Packaged Water Producers, has presented 20 litter bins to the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly (EKMA), to enhance good sanitation in the area.

The gesture, the group believed, would also boost waste management of the newly- created municipality in the Western Region.

Presenting the bins to EKMA, the Western Regional president of the association, Major Rexford Nuamah (Rtd), said that the use of plastics in packaging water had become popular among producers in Ghana, but, noted that its management had been a headache to waste managers and government.

Ghana, he said, has been saddled with the problem of how to ensure that food and other essentials were properly packaged for consumers and customers in safe conditions.

Major Nuamah (Rtd) recalled that in 1962,  a campaign was  launched to promote  the use  of plastics   to replace newspapers and cement papers  in the packaging of food,  but, later, plastics was used to packaged water for distribution even to the hinterlands, reducing typhoid and other water- borne diseases.

He said “Interestingly, we have failed to educate people on how to manage plastic waste, and we drink water from plastics without any plan; we have been dumping them and they choke our gutters, causing floods and degrading the environment.”

Major Nuamah (Rtd) said government was saddled with the management of waste necessitating the association’s support for EKMA with litter bins to help manage waste in the municipality,

Receiving the items, the Municipal Chief Executive for EKMA, Kojo Acquah, thanked the association for the gesture, and hoped that it would help in the management of water in the area.

He said some of the bins would be taken to the schools as part the campaign to ensure a clean environment in the municipality.

“We have recently embarked on campaign to clear mountains of refuse within the municipality, which we hope will become one of the neatest communities in Ghana,” Mr Acquah said.

FROM CLEMENT ADZEI BOYE, EFFFIKUMA

 

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