Waste managers want tax cut on imported trucks
Waste management companies in the country are calling on government to provide some tax incentives on the importation of trucks used for waste collection.
Speaking at a plastic waste recycling conference held in Accra, Matilda Owusu, research consultant at the Environmental Services Providers Association (ESPA) noted that the operations of waste managers are capital intensive, and requires some support from governent to make the industry vibrant.
"This industry is capital intensive, and we are doing a social service, which is a PPP project and we want the government to play its part as a partner in this.
One of the things we also need is tax exemptions on our waste management trucks that we import into the country. Some sectors have that and so we see no reason why we do not have it," she said.
Ms. Owusu further added that, companies would be able to acquire more logistics for their work to run efficiently, and also encourage segregation of waste to boost recycling activities if their call is answered.
She also lamented the difficulties some waste collectors face with households' unwillingness to register and pay companies for services rendered, thereby, calling for the effective enforcement of the sanitation by-laws which will oblige households to subscribe to waste management service providers.
“What we expect the government to do is to enforce the sanitation by-laws. The private sector is doing all it can, but we go to households and they are not willing to register and pay for the collection of their waste", she said.
A discussant at the event, Godson Cudjoe Voado, Chief Programmer Officer, Environmental Protection Agency, said the country stands to benefit economically and socially if waste is properly recycled.
He further encouraged households to help in the process by segregating their waste right from the home, to reduce, especially, plastic waste in the system, adding that the process could even earn them some income by selling off their recyclable waste to collectors for reproduction.
Currently, there is an ongoing segregation project championed by EPA dubbed 'National Source Waste Segregation Programme', which is aimed at improving the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery through the minimization of the amount of waste being landfilled.
Mr. Voado also noted that the programme, when successfully implemented, is expected to see about 70 prercent of waste segregated in one year. The overall target, he adds, is "the situation where at least 90 percent of whatever that is segregated gets recycled."
The conference, was organized by Universal Plastic Products and Recycling (UPPR), a Ghanaian plastic products and recycling company with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of waste segregation and recycling to the country's sanitation and waste management agenda.