The 21st Century Initiative has launched a campaign aimed at clearing the streets of Ghana off filth to a good use with an inauguration of a task force to spearhead the initiative.
The taskforce, which comprises a team of six leaders, was launched in Accra by the Reverend Richmond Owusu Frimpong, Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Ghana.
He said the country has been battling with the plastic waste for a long time and the time has come for all hands on deck approach to turn these plastic wastes into good use through recycling.
“The waste problem is becoming too much in Ghana… we are seeking to get the plastic waste out of the street forever, unlike the other waste companies that recycle and get the things back onto the street.
“We are looking at partnering with Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), Churches, Civil Society Organizations and individuals to all come on board so we could solve this plastic waste menace.
“Plastic waste takes over 500 years to decompose, so let us all start from our various homes to educate one another about the dangers of our actions by littering our streets,” he added.
Rev Owusu Frimpong, said 21st Century has molded all types and shapes of solid blocks from the recycled plastic waste which could be used for roads, pavement blocks buildings, houses.
“We melt the sachet rubbers; polythene bags, carrier bags and the plastic bottles… then add building gravels to get all shapes, sizes and types of solid blocks needed construct many things,” he said.
Dr. Boakye Yiadom, Member of Parliament for Obuasi East, speaking at the launch noted that Ghanaians could help to clear the country of plastic waste.
“Let us all help to increase the awareness and capacity to reverse this sanitation menace, which has become a major challenge for us.
“Littering of waste decreases tourism, which also causes the state a lot… let us all adopt the ‘3R’s…Reducing, Re-using and Recycling to advocate plastic waste recycling.”
The 21st Century which started operations since 2011 has been involved in many activities in various areas of national building and has decided to help in the campaign good sanitation and environment awareness.