Plastic waste poses a greater threat to environmental ambiance than you can think of.

Plastic waste poses a greater threat to environmental ambiance than you can think of.

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Abu-Nashiru Abubakari started this petition to Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation

OF late, the use of plastics in our daily lives is ever increasing in almost all sectors of life. In as much as the use of plastics speed up activities, its adverse effects as waste is also alarming.

It takes a very long time for plastic wastes to decompose when buried in the ground. Plastic Waste also poses great danger to animals both on land and in water when they consume them as food (unaware of the dangers).

There is an urgent need to start or continue looking at other ways to curb this plastic waste menace in our homes, communities and the nation at large. As a matter of policy, in order to reduce the amount, risks and effects of plastic wastes, I propose the idea of "Polluter Pays principle" or "Pay-By-Bag principle". This policy can be enforced at the consumer level where by, individual consumers will be encouraged, after buying plastic-contained products, to return plastic-container bags back to points of purchase, in order to receive a token. This 'token' strategy can motivate people NOT to throw away plastics haphazardly because they will loose 'money' for doing that. These used plastics wastes (brought back from consumers) can be reused or recycled for others purposes by various manufacturing companies and factories. This strategy will go a long way to help reduce the adverse effects of plastic waste even GLOBALLY.

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