MTN Ghana foundation in collaboration with Nelplast Ghana Ltd and Zoomlion Ghana yesterday collected plastic waste gathered at the James Town beach as part of their 21st anniversary of the MTN Y’ello Care Green project.
Mr Owusu Gyamfi, Business Development Director of Nelplast, said the company started five years ago mainly by producing polythene bags, he added that in their bid to share in the President’s vision of eradicating waste from the country by 2020 they saw the need to start the initiative.
The vision of Nelplast, he said is to help do away with waste plastics in the country as well as to solve road problems with durable road bricks which were generated from the processing of the plastic waste.
Mr owusu said this activity would help bring money into the pocket of many youths who collect waste products, adding that plastic waste was not bad, “see plastic waste as a resource and not something to run away from.”
The Education Portfolio Adviser of MTN, Mr Ebenezer Terkpe said they saw the need to partner Nelplast in collection and recycling of waste plastics because Nelplast do not just collect the plastics, but process them into durable bricks which were used to fix roads and thus the need for the support.
He further said dustbins have been provided at some vintage points and at their office as well to help in the collection of the waste product.
Madam Abitha Odame – Nyantey, Head of Private Jobs, Zoomlion Ghana, said their partnership with Nelplast Ghana for the initiative was important, because she believed it was a good exercise, adding that she was happy to see a group who that has come out to help in cleaning up the plastic waste that was gradually taking over the country.
With the World Environmental Health Day focusing on plastics as the main waste the country was facing, she said the Nelplast and MTN Ghana initiative was laudable and it had become important for Zoomlion company to also partner in the project.