Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Research | By Wilma Wheeler

India lauded for plan to beat plastic pollution

India lauded for plan to beat plastic pollution

Today, World Environment Day, 12 local and global businesses signed a declaration to tackle plastic pollution by committing to using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their New Zealand operations by 2025 or earlier, as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative.

Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, stated on India's pledge: "This has been the biggest, most resonant World Environment Day ever, thanks to the leadership of our global host India".

"On the occasion of the World Environment Day, we declare a national campaign involving the official authorities, civil society organizations and categories of the people", he announced. He called on people to pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic from India by 2022.

"Fifteen thousand tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day, 9,000 tonnes is collected and recycled, but 6,000 tonnes of plastic waste is not collected and remain littered", Javadekar said.

He said that a series of efforts were being undertaken in India to reduce the single-use-plastic pollution.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is calling for collective action to reduce the pressing environmental and health challenges posed by plastic waste.

Protection of water was also important, he advised the people to take measures to enhance groundwater by constructing pits in their houses.

The theme of this year's World Environment Day is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

The screenings will take place at Preston Town Hall at 6.15pm and will be followed by a Q&A session with a panel of three local experts discussing how to "beat plastic pollution" - which is the theme for World Environment Day this year. Many household items are made either partly or wholly from plastic, and while this material has been around for about 50 years, it can now be found in every corner of the world.

Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, according to the United Nations. The global campaign of the create awareness and urge companies, NGO's, communities and governments to tackle this heavy burden was highlighted on June 5 with the launch of a report from UN Environment. If the present trend continues, plastic in the sea will weigh more than all marine animals combined, with most of the pollution originating in emerging nations in Asia, Africa and Latin America, which do not have appropriate systems to collect and treat it.

"There's an enormous opportunity to turn single-use plastic bottles into a valuable resource if placed in the correct recycling bins".

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