As part of its corporate social responsibility, MTN Ghana is partnering Neilpast and Zoomlion to rid the country’s shores of plastic wastes.
The initiative, according to the Education Portfolio Advisor at MTN Ghana, Mr Ebenezer Terkpor, is due to the fact that his outfit shares in the dreams of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s promise to make the nation’s capital, Accra, the cleanest city on the African continent in the next four years.
“We have begun an in-house practice of plastic segregation,” he disclosed.
He noted that the project is solely employee-oriented and that explains why it is an in-house one.
The Head of Private Jobs at Zoomlion, Abitha Odame Nyanteh, welcome MTN’s move to partner her outfit in ensuring that our beaches are clean
People, she explained, think that making Ghana clean was the work of a certain Zoomlion alone, forgetting that “we all owe this country a responsibility to see to it that our environs are clean.”
“Zoomlion, being the African number one environmental cleaner, has on a pilot phase set up a waste recycling. Ghana will continue to suffer cholera outbreak only if Ghanaian see keeping the environment clean as the responsibility of all and not only a certain Zoomlion alone,” she said.
The Director of Business at Nelplast Ghana Limited, Mr.Philip Owusu Gyamfi, said Ghana was able to collect only 40 – 45% of waste generated, leaving the rest uncollected. That, he sadly expressed, accounted for waste all over the country.
According to him, his outfit had converted plastic wastes into molten and mix with sand of all kinds to produce pavement bricks which were cheaper than the traditional cement bricks for construction.
He added that the pavement brick products have great durability and longevity therefore must be the best choice for the country since the attitudes of Ghanaian have not changed in regard to littering.
Mr Gyamfi noted that the plastic brick was four times stronger than the traditional cement bricks, as tested by the department of urban roads.
He added that his outfit project was a means to providing Ghanaians on the street a source of employment.
Story: Prosper A. KWUKU SALASSY
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