Plastic waste poses threat to Ghana’s marine ecosystem

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Fishermen at Teshie, a fishing community in Ghana’s capital, Accra, have identified plastic wastes and light fishing as activities hampering the industry.

The plastic waste is a serious issue that poses lots of environmental challenges for Ghana.

Walking down any street in towns, cities and even the villages, one often sees plastics floating in rivers or blocking drains.

Some of the waste ends up on the beaches, leaving them filthy.

The government has hinted that it will introduce biodegradable plastics by July, this year, by ensuring that plastic products are made with oxo-biodegradable additives as a way of safeguarding the environment.

Experts say adding oxo-additives to plastics will ensure plastic products produced will easily decompose without posing any threat to the environment, especially the marine ecosystem.

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