J. K. Nabary, GNA
Winneba (C/R), June 11, GNA - An educationist has suggested that water sachet production companies should be tasked to mount water dispensing stands at vantage places in public area to help curb that plastic waste menace.
Reverend Father Professor Anthony Afful-Broni, Acting Vice Chancellor of University of Education, Winneba (UEW), said if such stands were mounted, it would be easier for the waste to be collected as well as hold accountable the company in–charge of that particular area.
The stands could be mounted in places such as the lorry stations, playing grounds, markets and schools for easy collection of plastic waste, he said, and added that the advances made in the development of biodegradable plastic and recycling offered more hope for the future, however “ it does not help to rid the plastics already in the environment”.
Prof. Rev. Fr. Afful-Broni made the suggestion in a speech delivered on his behalf at a durbar, organized by the Centre for School and Community Science and Technology Studies (SACOST) of UEW in collaboration with Shape Attitude Ghana, an NGO, held at Winneba to commemorate this year’s World Environment Day Celebration.
The event under the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution” was to raise awareness about the declining condition of the environment, dangers that plastic pollution caused to the environment, and the need for the people to change their attitude towards the environment.
The participants included traditional rulers, assembly members, traders, drivers, students and pupils, fishermen and fish mongers among others.
The Acting V.C said plastic pollution was the accumulation of plastic products in the environment that had adverse effects on wildlife and its habitat.
“Plastic pollution has affected the land, water bodies, rivers, and ocean as well as living organisms like marine animals that are harmed either through entanglements or injection of plastic products or through exposure to chemicals within the plastics.”
Whilst we look for ways to deal with the plastic canker, we should endeavour to use less plastic products or only use bio-degradable and also to deal with the plastic waste already in the environment.
Mr. Victor Francis Darbah, Acting Head of SACOST, described the environment as the immediate surroundings of humanity, saying Winneba, once a small clean town, had so many interventions including a number of refuse trucks that collected refuse from vantage points every morning, to keep the place clean.
“Now what do we see? All the interventions and the nice things have all vanished”. The environment of a once clean town has been destroyed. Our hitherto clean beaches are now littered with plastics, refuse and human waste,” he stated.
According to him the theme for this year’s celebration was chosen to curb the harm to the environment, and added that plastic pollution had affected the land and water bodies such as rivers. In the sea, it had affected fishing expeditions with nets being filled with plastic instead of fishes, and animals such as goats and sheep have died from swallowing polythene bags.
He stated further that it was time everybody joined the fight to protect the environment from being endangered, by eschewing the habiting of indiscriminate dumping of refuse into the gutters, the sea and also to maintain plastic free environment.
Prof. Kolawole Raheem of SCOAT, introducing a Bio-degradable waste-bag for public vehicles invented by Mr. Stephen Acquah a native of Winneba, said “this was the evidence of an attempt at dealing with plastic pollution”.
He expressed the hope that the Bio-degradable waste bag will help solve some of the problems associated with waste management as well as environmental pollution.
He urged the Member of Parliament for Effutu to support the inventor through the “one district one factory” project, which he was optimistic, would create employment for some people especially the youth in the area.