Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

Host Nation India Focuses On 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Theme

On occasion of World Environment Day, Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (Sepa) organised a round table conference in collaboration with the National Forum for Environment and Health (NFEH) and other stakeholders with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution". The projections being worked out now indicates that there will be a gradual increase in the global plastic production in the upcoming ten to fifteen years. Mr Modi mentioned that the per-capita plastic consumption in India is much lower than any part of the developed world.

While noting that proper management of plastic waste, through the promotion of the three R's of waste management - "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" - should be adopted, the association also called for encouraging research into alternatives to plastics.

He said available data indicated that plastic waste accounted for 95 per cent of total amount of waste generated in terms of weight, while plastic use had been in existence for over 70 years.

Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming. Gujarat has no significant short- or long-term plan yet to "beat plastic pollution".

"India and China, frankly speaking, are in the lead of solving their environment issues, obviously there had been challenges", he said.

The UN said more than 60 countries had introduced bans and levies on single-use plastic items like bags.

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Associate Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said the commitment is a significant step towards helping end plastic pollution.

Gujarat's minister of state for environment reportedly opposes the ban on plastic as most industries that depend on it operate from his assembly constituency of Halol.

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According to Cheema, most of these plastics eventually make their way into rivers, water channels and finally, into the oceans. It is only then that we can unite to eradicate the plastic pollution that prevails in the society.

Greenpeace applauds companies that are beginning to eliminate single-use plastics from their shelves, like Countdown's announcement today that they are eliminating plastic straws, and several national retailers implementing plastic bag bans this year.

Biruta also said that the Ministry of Environment and partners are in the process of revising the plastics law to reduce single use plastics and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of plastic recycling in the country.

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