Mayor Tanjong Calls for Ban on Production of Plastic containers

Tanjong Martin, Tubah Mayor

The Mayor of Tubah Council, Tanjong Martin has called on the state to do more to ban the production of plastic containers and papers in the country so as to protect the enviroment for future generations. He made the call during the end of the first phase of a one month holiday job program for students and pupils in his municipality which saw them picking up of plastic papers and containers from the streets and neigbourhoods for recycling.

Over 150 pupils and students are taking part in the program. The children for the first 11 days were charged with the task of picking up plastic waste to be deposited at the council recycling site, for processing and transformation. This would be used for  the production of manure and pavement blocks.

Mayor Tanjong Martin In 2015 banned the use of plastic papers and containers and the sale of products in them in his municipality. But this has proved largely difficult to implement due to the lack of national regulation and the power of the multinational brewery companies that produces soft drinks in plastic containers. He said plastic papers take at least 50 years to decompose, and plastic containers at least 400 years.

“ I feel there is a need for Tubah council to take the lead in eradicating the use of these plastics to protect the environment. If somebody considers plastic paper, plastic containers, anything plastic useful, then the person may have not known how harmful its to the environment” he added. He described it as “the worst enemy of the human environment” The mayor went further to say if given the authority at the national level, he would ban brewery companies from bottling soft drinks in them.

Mayor Tanjong said he had been wandering on what to do with the collected plastics until he discovered a project with the Roger Miller Foundation in Yaounde where the waste are processed and used as manure,producing bricks to pave slaps or use for roofing. It is worthy to note that the bricks are made only of the processed plastic waste and sand with no water or cement added. The bricks according to the technicians can last for up to 200 years.

Each of the participants will return home with a stipend regardless of their age at the end of the program. The Council still expects many monre youths to joing in the holiday program.

Putting plastic waste into bags to be transported to the recycling site

close look at sample pavement brick

Samples of bricks produced from plastic waste

Holiday makers with assembled plastic waste

bags of plastic waste ready to be taken to council recycling site

By Pedmia Shatu Tita in Tubah