PM Modi: Unite in fight against plastic pollution

People have to act upon laws enacted on pollution, environment matters, says Union minister

People have to act upon laws enacted on pollution, environment matters, says Union minister

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.

With the theme of the Wednesday 2018 being "Beat Plastic Pollution", Modi noted that the menace was already having a deadly impact on India's marine ecosystem and marine litter, especially micro-plastic, was a major trans-boundary problem.

Jibril explained that instead of getting new plastic bags or bottles each time you go to the market or shopping, "take the old ones from home; educate your family and friends on the negative impact of plastics in our environment; as everyone has a role to play in addressing the menace of plastic pollution in our various communities".

The report, with its release timed for U.N. World Environment Day, noted that rules limiting the use of plastic bags had decreased their use in places such as Morocco, Rwanda and parts of China, sometimes significantly.

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Noting that the per capita plastic consumption in India was much lower than in many parts of the developed world, he said India's national mission on cleanliness and sanitation - Swachh Bharat Abhiyan -has a special focus on "plastic waste management".

"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. In accordance, this year's theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution", for which we are exploring green alternatives to reduce the usage of plastics across all our offices, dealers and service networks.

"People all across the United Kingdom are on the same page: ocean plastic pollution needs tackling and it is urgent that supermarkets take meaningful action to reduce their plastic footprint now".

Islamabad-Oxfam in Pakistan and its partner Indus Consortium launched a campaign to tackle plastic pollution in Pakistan.

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The ministry will meet with officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and discuss ways of reducing the use of plastic bags at fresh markets, he said.

"Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste".

Disposable plasticDespite the many valuable uses of plastic, people everywhere have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences.

PM Modi said his government has been working towards environment protection.

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"Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans". "We then devised a 5 R Model- Refuse, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Raise Awareness which has helped us drastically reduce the use of plastic in our office premises".

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