IEPER city in Belgium is to establish a waste recycling plant in Wa under its sister city relationship with the Wa Municipality.
A representative from the Belgian city would visit Wa in April this year to finalize arrangements and consultations towards the establishment of the plant.
Mr. Henry Bagah, Wa Municipal Environmental Health Officer, said this on Wednesday in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Wa.
He expressed optimism that in future after the establishment of the plant, all plastic waste within and beyond the Municipality would be properly managed.
Mr. Bagah, however, deplored the illegal burning of wayside litter in Upper West Regional capital and pointed out that such acts thwarted the efforts by his outfit to keep the Municipality clean.
He stated that the recent increase in wayside litter bins was enough to keep the Municipality clean and blamed the general public for lack of attitudinal change in respect of proper sanitation practices.
The Environmental Health Officer pointed out that his outfit in collaboration with the Regional Food and Drugs Board would not hesitate to sanction any “Sachet water” producer who did not pass through the right channels before production.
Mr. Bagah’s concern was in respect of the recent numerous “pure water” producers that were emerging from the Municipality.
He stressed that a meeting would be arranged between them and the Pure Water Producers Association where they would suggest to them to acquire litter bins for their clients to help reduce the indiscriminate disposal of empty sachet water bags.
Mr. Bagah mentioned the lack of adequate resources for monitoring as their biggest challenge and lamented that his officers were being given a non-regular half gallon of fuel to do monitoring.
He described the situation as unfortunate and added that something needed to be done to enhance their efficiency to protect the health of people.