AfDB calls for collective action on plastic waste

07 June, 2018, 12:25 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste

The Chairman of JSPL - Naveen Jindal also reached out the mass through different social network sites and asked everyone to pledge to Beat Plastic Pollution and said, "Plaster is chocking our planet, let's do our part and end Single-use Plastic".

The event emphasised the role of schools, colleges and universities in protecting nature and environment as well as beating plastic pollution, stated another official release.

THE Ministry of Development (MoD) launched the "Plastic Bottle Free Initiative" in conjunction with the World Environment Day celebration yesterday, making it the first government agency in the country to implement the green practice.

India produces about 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste every day, of which only 60 per cent is processed, the Environment Ministry says.

The report noted, by some estimates, as many as five trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year. Alongside, Hyundai Dealer Workshops will conduct environment friendly activities to engage and create awareness among the customers & employees for the reduction in use of plastics, usage of LED's that consume up to 80% less energy and Proper disposal of waste material.

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Presiding over a ministerial conference here to mark World Environment Day, which is being hosted by India this year with the theme to combat "plastic pollution", the minister said the country now means business.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is calling for collective action to reduce the pressing environmental and health challenges posed by plastic waste. Measures like carrying a cloth bag, avoiding bottled plastic water, and cardboard over plastic are some of the most easiest ones to implement in daily lives.

The event will be concluded on June 5 on World Environment Day. "Nigerians should individually and collectively reconsider their plastic habits by reducing the use of disposable plastics and using alternatives to plastics".

Professor Christopher Gordon, Director of the Institute of Environmental and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, has alerted the public that they may unknowingly be consuming tiny particles of plastic called nano plastics, which are harmful to the human body.

One simplest thing that we can do is to stop using plastic bags and instead take reusable cloth bags for shopping. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish. "This programme has already started giving results and will soon revive the Ganga, our most precious river", the Prime Minister said, adding that environmental degradation hurts the poor and vulnerable the most.

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