Now as government struggles to raise revenue to support the country’s economic slowdown some tax analysts want government to turn attention to taxation on single use plastics.
This they believe will help in Ghana’s revenue generation while protecting the environment.
In recent times, there has been a strong push for policy instruments to drive responsible manufacturing of plastics and key amongst them has been taxes on such products.
Tax consultant, Franics Timore in an interview with Citi Business News said, taxing plastics is a viable alternative.
“I think that drastic measures must be taken to protect the environment. Introduction of plastic tax is one of such policies. Some countries have introduced such taxes or banned plastics completely. Things like sachets, plastic bags and all that can have alternatives. Aside from protecting the environment, it can also serve as good source of revenue for the government.”, he said.
He added that the government must tax consumables sold in plastic containers such as water and soft drinks to curb the threat of plastic waste in the country.