Government bans light plastic materials

plasticGovernment has finally placed a ban on light plastic materials with less than 20 microns (one millionth of a metre in terms of density): such as ones used in packaging sugar and groundnuts.

The ban takes effect from November 1, Minister of Environment, Innovation Science and Technology, Mahama Ayariga has announced.

Manufacturers of these plastic bags, he said, must ensure that all products that do not meet the standards are disposed of before the November deadline.

“We have placed a ban on up to 20 microns. Nobody can manufacture plastic products of below 20 microns,” he said.

He further stated: “Every plastic that is produced for packaging, you have to put a biodegradable material in it so that the plastic that would be produced would be biodegradable.”

Mahama Ayariga insisted, “after 90 days [starting from August 1] no plastic should be in the market unless it is biodegradable.”

source: myjoyonline.com