Ghana’s leading telecommunication giant, MTN has taken another judicious step by collaborating with Nelplast Ghana Limited as part of efforts to help address the sanitation challenge bedeviling the country.

As part of the 21 days of Y’ello Care campaign, the MTN joined Nelplast Ghana Limited, to help collect plastic waste especially the ones that have been heaped around the coastal areas.

These plastics have been a threat to the sea and the environment over the years; since they are not biodegradable. More so, it takes many years for them to decompose

It has been estimated that by 2050, the volume of plastic waste materials in the sea will be higher than that of the fish.

Briefing the media after the exercise at James Town Beach in Accra, the Education Portfolio Advisor of MTN Ghana Mr. Ebenezer Terkper, hinted that MTN as a company also buys into President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision of making Accra the cleanest city in Africa in the next four years. Stressing that environmental sanitation is a shared responsibility and, therefore, required everybody’s input.

“As part of the 21 days of Y’ello Care campaign we decided to partner with Nelplast Ghana Limited a local manufacturers of plastic products, which uses plastic waste to produce pavement blocks and other building materials,” he said.

This he said, 21 days of Y’ello Care campaign, which is a staff volunteerism programme allows employees across the country to take time off to physically get involved in activities that will uplift the communities they operate in.

The Director of Business Development of Nelplast Ghana Limited Mr. Philip Owusu – Gyamfi, explained that their company shreds plastic waste mix with sand to produce pavement brocks.

This he said, their core main is to recycle all plastic garbage from households and industrial plastic waste into breaks or pavement blocks for the construction of roads in the country.

Adding that, the move has also created employment opportunities for Ghanaians since numerous people have released the essence of plastic waste. “Ghanaians now see waste as money,” he said.

Mr. Owusu – Gyamfi, however, commended MTN Ghana for joining the race to help defeat poor sanitation in the country. He also advised Ghanaians at large as a matter of urgency to start practicing waste segregation.
This, he noted, would help absorb the about 98 percent of plastic waste that was not currently being recycled, as well as help solve the plastic menace challenge facing the country.

By: Isaac Kofi Dzokpo/


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