The Plastic Waste Management Programme, Ghana and the Environmental Services Providers Association (ESPA), have presented 25 tricycles to plastic collectors at a total cost of GH¢162,500, at a presentation ceremony held in Accra, on Monday.
The tricycles are to be paid for through work and pay system, and the payment has been spread over one year for the collectors to settle, at a cost of G¢6,500 per tricycle.
Speaking at the ceremony, Mr Ebbo Botwe, Chairman of the Plastic Waste Management Programme Ghana, said access to finance by the collectors in purchasing such equipment had been a major challenge, hence the presentation to support them in their operations.
He called on the government to make operational the plastic waste recycling fund as stipulated in Act 863.
Mr. Botwe said an estimated GH¢60 million accrued to the fund from the collection of the environmental tax should be put to use to enable the recyclers and collectors expand their operations, to help deal with the plastic waste in the system.
According to him, the plastic waste collectors collect over 120 tonnes on daily basis, but there were still a lot in the system, as a result of the increase in pollution.
He noted that, the recycling had given over 5,000 jobs to waste collectors and individuals across the country and added that, the recycling companies were purchasing over GH¢80,000 of the plastic waste on daily basis.
On her part, Mrs Ama Ofori Antwi, the Executive Secretary of ESPA, said the ban on the plastic waste was then a challenge to them, but with the appeal to government to manage and control them, they were able to turn them into recycled products and many people had been employed into the system.
She said, they would do all they could to put all the plastic waste into useful products and called for support from all stakeholders.
By Daniel Amoo