By, Thelma Abbey, GNA
Accra, Feb 1, GNA - Mr Makafui Awuku, Chief Executive Officer of the “Mckingtorch Creatives” on Wednesday called for the prioritisation of plastic waste recycling to deal with the filth.
He said since Ghana produces about 1.7 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, “We need a sustainable way of dealing with plastic waste to help the country develop in all aspects”.
Mr Awuku whose company uses plastic bottles to create dustbins and laundry baskets told the Ghana News Agency in an interview that the country needs a holistic plan to recycle plastic waste and protect the environment.
He advised Ghanaians to patronise local products, which would help empower local companies “our taste for anything foreign is rather financially empowering these countries while we destroy our local ones”.
He said the company Mckingtorch had created solutions for the plastic waste menace in the country and called on companies in the waste management sector to patronise their products, which was more durable than the imported ones.
Mr Awuku said; “Where there is waste, there is opportunity, and there is a lot of waste in the system not just physical waste but in all aspects of the economy”.
He encouraged young people to take advantage of waste and “think about solutions you could create to resolve unemployment issues in the country”.
Mr Awuku noted that, Nii Adjei Sowah, the Chief Executive Officer of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly had expressed interest in the project and hoped for positive results to find immediate solution to Ghana’s huge problem.
“Fabricating the frames, installing the bottles, spraying them, installing liners, adding a label and testing for its durability” was the process of creating the product, Mr Awuku revealed to the GNA.
He said the bigger and smaller dustbins took about 160 and 58 bottles respectively, whereas the laundry basket and the Christmas tree took 70 and 396 bottles each.
Mr Awuku said if they were able to deploy the bins in schools across the country and in corporate and government offices, it could keep millions of bottles from the environment.
He told the GNA that, the “Mckingtorch Creatives” brand had been in existence for two months and hoped to see the project having lots of companies across the country in five years’ time.