Mr. Alfred Ekow Gyan, Deputy Western Regional Minister, on Wednesday called on the public to be concerned about environmental sanitation.

The Minister said this at the launch of waste compactors machines for the Tidyup Ghana Limited and the Heinz Bergmann of Germany at Takoradi.

Mr. Gyan said sanitation is the responsibility of the government and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) as well as the public.

He said the public must desist from indiscriminate littering of the environment and co-operate with the authorities to implement sanitation programmes.

Mr. Gyan welcomed the management of Heinz Bergmann to the region and assured the company of the full support of the Regional Coordinating Council in its efforts to improve waste management in the country.

He said, ?I am delighted to be part of this launch because of my long desire to see better waste management in our metropolis becoming a reality?, adding that, ?It is my anticipation that we would derive maximum benefit from this project?.

Mr. Gyan said the project is in line with the government?s policy on waste management, which includes sustainable recycling of waste.

Captain Anthony Cudjoe (rtd), Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive, said indiscriminate disposal of plastic materials was one of the environmental problems facing the metropolitan assembly, as the plastic materials choke drains, resulting in flooding after heavy rains.

Captain Cudjoe said a ?Plastic Police? would be established to arrest and prosecute people who litter the environment with plastic materials.

Mr. Mohammed Ali, Presiding Member of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, who chaired the function, said the prescribed dustbin or receptacle must be used by the public for door-to-door refuse collection.

He said it is against the assembly?s bye-laws to use uncovered dustbins and receptacles, which are not prescribed for door-to-door refuse collection, and that, the assembly was educating the public on the issue before enforcing the bye-law.

Mr. Kofi Ampofo, West Africa Representative for Heinz Bergmann, said the company was in the country to introduce its range of waste management equipment, especially the compactors to help improve the management of solid waste. GNA

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