In India, a trio of unlikely heroes wages war on plastic

A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste

A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste

The theme for World Environment Day is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

This global outlook, developed in cooperation with the Indian government, presents case studies from more than 60 countries.

"The official slogan chosen by the JASTRe - "If you can't reuse it, refuse it" - urges us to think for a moment before making a decision to buy or accept something that is not reusable", the minister said. So as citizens of the global economy, we must practice environmental sustainability by taking action to rid our oceans of plastic pollution and also change our attitudes on indiscriminate disposal of plastic waste not the climate. "And we are obligated to bequeathing a greener and eco-friendly legacy to our children", Kovind said in a tweet.

But there needs to be broader work with businesses to extend the responsibility of producers for their waste, and to create incentives for a more sustainable approach to plastic production and consumption. Ninety per cent of plastic items in our daily lives like grocery bags, plastic wraps, disposable plates, cutlery, straws and coffee-cup lids are used just once and then thrown. While no single measure against pollution will be equally effective everywhere, the report outlines a set of universal steps for policymakers to tackle the issue in their communities.

Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the United Nations said Tuesday (Jun 5) as it warned the world was choking on trash.

The 2018 edition of World Environment Day, celebrated by the United Nations every June 5, is focusing on this issue with the slogan: "Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse It". It hardly happens that we do not encounter plastic in some or the other form.

Up to five trillion plastic bags are used each year, and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the oceans annually.

And nearly three-quarters (72%) think supermarkets are not doing enough about packaging to tackle the problem of plastic pollution, the survey by Populus for Greenpeace showed. Our ongoing drives to conserve and revive water bodies are addressing the pressing problem of clogging by plastic wastes.

"Plastic pollution is particularly insidious because once plastics enter into the environment, they do not biodegrade, but simply break down into smaller pieces over time", says Minister Molewa.

Fahmy said during the celebrations of the World Environment Day that bags made of recycled fabric are a better alternative for plastic, adding that plastic bags will no longer be available for free.

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