Ministry of Environment participates in 'Beat Plastic Pollution' Environment Day

As bioplastics get popular in India a more genuine green choice is to boot out plastic altogether

Satyabrata Tripathy HT

Choose a type of single-use plastic you're ready to give up.

Today, World Environment Day, 12 local and worldwide 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.

Joint Commissioner BBMP (Solid Waste Management), Sarfaraz Khan claims that it is thanks to the agency's raids that the big eateries have stopped using plastic.

For more than a decade, Rwanda has raised awareness about the benefits of life without plastic bags to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

"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.

India is the global host of 2018 World Environment Day.

The African Development Bank (AfDB), says there is the need to take action against plastic pollution in Africa.

The bank made the call in a statement signed by its Communication Officer, Climate Change and Green Growth Department, Mrs Sonia Borrini yesterday in Abuja.

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The memorial service of the murdered van Breda family on February 5, 2015 at the NG Kerk in Pretoria, South Africa. Before this, the family lived in Perth, where Henri and his brother Rudi attended Scotch College.


Speaking last week at the launch of the National Environment Week, Environment Minister Dr Vincent Biruta noted that, around the world, nearly 450 million tons of plastic is produced every year. In total, 50 per cent of the plastic is of single use.

Deeply moved with these shocking figures, the United Nations Environment is concentrating on its ambitious goal named 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. "If present trends continue, by 2050", Guterres warned, "our oceans will have more plastic than fish".

Nzegbulam emphasised the need for every Nigerian to make meaningful contributions towards reducing plastic pollution in the nation.

He led the sensitisation walk to Jabi Lake, where they cleaned up the plastics in the Lake, saying no effort would be too great in the resolve to improve a lot of the people.

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

Prof Frimpong-Boateng said Ghana was taking various measures in dealing with the plastic waste menace, announcing that the country, was developing a policy was to guide the use of plastics, and that would be heralded by an environmental education and awareness creation among the citizenry.

Imran Sabir from Sepa said that people should stop the use of one-time plastic commodities, such as straws and cups, which would create a huge positive impact.

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