FROM INUSAH MUSAH
Nelplast Ghana Limited, a plastic recycling company at Katamanso, a suburb of the Kpong-Katamanso District, has been captured by the government for its One District One Factory (1D1F) flagship job creation programme.
In this regard, the Ashaiman Assembly has allocated 3.5 acres of land to Nelson Boateng, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Nelplast Ghana Limited, to establish a bigger plastic plant that would manufacture plastic paving blocks for road construction and the tiling of compounds.
Nelplast Ghana was captured by the government after it floored the premises of the Ministry of Environment with plastic paving blocks, which are waterproof, strong enough to withstand the weight of any vehicle, and more durable than concrete paving blocks.
With staff strength of 68, Nelplast, presently, is able to produce only 200 paving blocks daily, because it uses only one manual moulding machine the CEO himself developed.
The company buys any plastic waste, except PVC pipes, which the analogue smelting machine cannot process into the plastic paste for the paving blocks.
The work of Nelplast Ghana Limited is evident at the potholed Ashaiman Tulaku Police bus stop, which the company had rehabilitated, making the bus stop a convenient place for all vehicles.
The gesture, said Isaac Boakye Okyere, Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive, was testimony that the Ghanaian could also be innovative.
Nelplast has been captured for the government’s 1D1F because its product would engage more people to go into collecting plastic waste, which has, over the years, contributed to the huge waste generated in the country, for income.
Then, the paving blocks from the final product are environmentally friendly, with no waste product to be generated from the melting of the plastic.
Isaac Boakye Okyere said with the government ready to support Nelplast Ghana Limited with capital and machinery to increase its production, the Assembly would also ensure that the company is provided with the necessary security to keep its equipment safe when it moves to the Irrigation Dam Authority (IDA), where the 3.5 acres of land for the new company is.
Observing how the plastic paving blocks were being laid at the Ashaiman Tulaku Police Station bus stop, Mr Okyere said the Assembly would engage Nelplast to produce more of the material to fix poor roads in the municipality.
Nelson Boateng told a section of the media that the factory, which used to manufacture plastic water gallons, started producing the plastic paving blocks in February 2017.
He explained that the road construction material is 800 percent stronger than concrete blocks, besides, it can last 500 years, same as the decomposing span of plastic.
Again, the paving blocks are applicable on any texture of soil and are less expensive to maintain.
Nelson Boateng was grateful to the government for choosing his company for the 1D1F for Ashaiman, saying that he is ready to double his production when he takes receipt of the machinery and capital from the government.