India lauded for plan to beat plastic pollution

Arturo Kim
June 7, 2018

Noting that action now is "critical" he said that "if we do not stop treating our oceans as a rubbish dump, then we'll turn them into a plastic soup where waste is more common than life".

The issue of plastic pollution in the world's oceans has soared up the agenda following the BBC's Blue Planet II and campaigns by many organisations, with two-thirds of people (67%) more concerned than a year ago, the poll found.

AfDB said it would join the rest of the world to celebrate the "World Environment Day" on June 5, as well as the "World Ocean Day" on June 8, with focus on "Preventing Plastic Pollution and Encouraging Solutions for a Healthy Ocean". "Plastic packaging accounts for all plastic waste, which is all single use", adding his ministry hopes to eliminate it by 2022.

Shailendra Chouksey, President, CMA, said: "The cement industry is committed to building a sustainable India through mitigating emissions, facilitating resource conservation and efficiency and progressively reducing use of plastics".

"Small litters like candy wrappers end up in our oceans".

That ensures more than one fifth of plastic waste is recycled in Japan and the majority of the rest is burned either as fuel, or to generate power or heat, according to the Plastic Waste Management Institute.

He said: "We are flagging off the occasion with a walk and we want to involve everyone because we all have roles to play in taking care of the environment".

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World Environment Day (WED) celebrations has already begun in the national capital and across the country from June. This year, India is the global host of the Wednesday in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with "Beat Plastic Pollution" as its theme.

Speaking at the state environment ministers' conference here, he said that an emotional attachment with the environment is imperative for its preservation.

An event dedicated to "Beat Plastic Pollution" is buzzing in the streets of Bandra at Mumbai. In fact, Gujarat seems disinclined to ban the production or consumption of plastic items.

There is a rubbish truck full of plastic entering our oceans every minute, with plastic packaging use predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050, while globally, the level of recycling is only around 14% - it's clear we can not recycle our way out of this problem. New data from waste and brand audits conducted in five Philippine cities confirm results of earlier coastal clean-up audits that multinational brands are the country's top sources of plastic pollution.

"We need to come together and raise our voices against the use of plastic".

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