By 2022, India vows to stop single-use plastics

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

More than 64,000 tonnes of plastic packaging is disposed of in household general waste bins and sent to landfill in Scotland each year, costing around £11 million. However, he strongly sent a message by appealing to all to stop plastic pollution.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also urged people to pledge to "beat plastic pollution".

When Parmar was asked if the Gujarat government planned to ban plastic, he said: "The issue needs careful consideration and we can not announce a plastic ban abruptly".

Every World Environment Day has a different global host country, where the official celebrations take place. Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050.

Elisa Tonda, who leads U.N. Environment's Sustainable Lifestyle programme, said more than 60 countries had bans or charges on single-use plastics such as bags or polystyrene containers. "I refuse to use plastic bags and always carry a cloth bag with me to buy daily use grocery items".

However, Greenpeace applauded companies which were beginning to eliminate single-use plastics from their shelves and checkouts. The report noted, by some estimates, as many as five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

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

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The World Environment Day is a day for people to make their contribution to saving the Earth.

Minister of Environment Khaled Fahmy said the ministry launched in 2017 a new national initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags, and use biodegradable bags as well as long term bags.

We might create plastic pollution, but if we work together, we can help end it, too.

"The choices that we make today will define our collective future", said Modi on Tuesday. In fact, micro-plastics have now even entered basic food like salt, bottled water and tap water...

Professor Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation said the country would not rush to ban plastic materials now but would wait to develop the Policy that would give proper direction on how to educate the populace and putting measures in turning plastic waste to resources and value addition.

"Within this period however, plastic has transformed everything from clothing, cooking, and catering to product design, engineering and retailing", due to its advantage of lasting for a long time, almost all the plastic ever produced, still exist in one form or the other today.

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