Let's encourage waste separation in homes - CEO of JSO Group

BY: Samuel Doe Ablordeppey

The Chief Executive Officer of J. Stanley-Owusu & Company Ltd, Mr William Stanley-Owusu, has suggested that the country should take a bold step and start the implementation of separating waste at homes.

"We need a level of segregation, even if we cannot adopt the multi-layered streams of segregation that happens in Germany. For us in Ghana, we can start with just the household waste by separating the wet/organic waste from the rest, ' he said.

Mr Stanley-Owusu stated that the segregation would straight ahead create a business opportunity for the private sector, adding that "We need to have some policies and regulations to make this happen."

Mr Stanley-Owusu, who is also part of a 20-member plastic recycling project delegation to North Rhine Westphalia in Germany, said a ban on plastic use in the country was not the way to go as it would be counter productive.

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"A blanket ban on plastics could be politically correct, but not realistic considering that our borders are open. A similar ban in Kenya failed because the plastics came in from neighbouring countries that made companies in-country non competitive," he stated.

He suggested that after the tour which had exposed actors on the value chain - the government and it's agencies, local assemblies, the private sector recyclers and civil society - to the opportunities and business models of plastic recycling, stakeholders should firm up a resolve to scale up plastic recycling activities which must start from waste segregation at source.