Plastic waste has been the most polluted waste material in Africa since the day of introduction. Plastic waste can last underground for many decades without decaying making it hard to get rid of if not recycled. Plastic material is easy and very cheap to produce therefore making it the major packaging material used in Ghana but handling after its usage is the problem now.
Over the years, plastic bottle water was considered to be consumed only by the rich, or few people were able to afford them. It was hard to find plastic bottles after their usage in the environment because people were buying them for different usage.
Until recently, plastic bottle water prices have been reduced making it cheaper. The continuous increase in bottled water consumption has raised plastic waste by about half. There is only about one or two recycling plant in the country at the moment making it hard to recycle. Therefore making most of the plastic waste bottles ending up in the gutters.
The plastic bottle waste problem is mostly not only about recycling but the way people handle plastic wastes or disposal. Several educations have been made on the disposal of plastic waste but people don’t practice these protocols. Gutters are chocked with hundreds of plastic bottles and making them breeding grounds for mosquitoes and other illnesses.
The government should enforce the law governing public littering. Sanitation workers should take their job seriously by making sure these bottles don’t end up in the gutters or those choking the gutters would be removed on time.
Secondly, the water and beverage producing companies should provide a way of getting the empty plastic bottles back to cut down the pollution on the environment. Should these measures are taken, our gutters would free from plastic waste and have a clean environment.