Addressing plastic menace: Apostle Nyamekye urges govt to consider innovative solutions

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Apr '24

Addressing plastic menace: Apostle Nyamekye urges govt to consider innovative solutions

The Chairman of the Church of Pentecost (COP), Apostle Eric Kwabena Nyamekye, has reiterated the need for the government to reconsider ways to discourage the single-use of plastics in the country.

He said plastic waste management is a huge challenge, and the government needs to find innovative solutions for it.

The Chairman was speaking to journalists during the COP National Environmental Care Campaign clean-up exercise in Accra on Saturday, March 16, 2024

He added that plastic waste management is an employment opportunity and a source of income. Many people should be encouraged to explore and invest in plastic waste collection and recycling.

“Let’s see if some business entrepreneurs will come on board and take charge of the plastics so that others will collect them for a fee. By doing so, they will be helping in the recycling process and at the same time keeping the streets and environment clean,” he suggested.

Explaining the rationale behind the campaign, he said, “It is not good for people to make and live in filth. We do this to bring some education to Ghanaians and church members about keeping a clean environment.”

He observed that the campaign is gaining traction as the waste collected is much less than in previous years, suggesting that people are changing their behavior and desisting from dumping refuse in drains.

“I think the campaign is helping because in the past, we used to collect much more rubbish than we have seen today,” he remarked

Advising the general public, Apostle Nyamekye stressed that cleanliness is next to godliness. When people refuse to keep a clean environment, it becomes a challenge for everyone, as the filth will breed mosquitoes, sickness, and sometimes premature deaths.

“We are praying that what we are doing will be a lesson to many more people so that we don’t litter around in order to live a healthier life,” he emphasized.

The National Environmental Care Campaign, which started in 2019, has gathered momentum, with other African nations joining the movement.

This year, Madagascar, Senegal, and some West African nations where COP is present embarked on a similar clean-up exercise today, taking their cue from Ghana.

“The filth here is the same everywhere, so the COP is doing this globally. This year, Madagascar, Senegal, and other African countries where we are present also embarked on a similar exercise,” he stated.

He commended Zoomlion for their support over the years in helping the church achieve such remarkable results.

The Communications and Corporate Affairs Director of Zoomlion Ghana Limited, Madam Emma Adwoa Appiaa Osei-Duah, explained that Zoomlion, as a strategic partner to the campaign, supported the exercise with logistics and machinery such as hand gloves, boots, wheelbarrows, and waste collection trucks.

She called on the general public to practice source separation, where organic waste is separated from inorganic waste at home before being transferred to waste collection points.

She mentioned that Zoomlion has also brought on board Namarco, a material recovery company, that will buy the segregated waste, especially the plastic waste. She urged Ghanaians to take advantage of this opportunity.

“In your home, make sure you separate the papers, plastics, and bottles from the organic waste and engage Namaco; they will come for it,” she noted.

The annual Environmental Care Campaign of the Church of Pentecost is a day set aside for members of the Church to clean the environment.

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