UN seeks crackdown on single-use plastic

World Environment Day 2018 India is the global host this year and the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution

World Environment Day 2018 India is the global host this year and the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution

"The only way forward is massive enlightenment on the need for a total refusal of the plastic option; let us legislate against it and its use for packaging or storage".

Afrasiab from Business Dynamics gave a presentation on biodegradable plastic and said that plastic pollution is a grave issue and as a nation, it is high time to adopt value added solutions like use of biodegradable bags instead of plastic bags.

We must also expedite the mission of finding more natural alternatives to plastics that are environmental-friendly, sustainable, cost-effective and convenient.

The 2018 celebration, was themed: "Beat Plastic Pollution, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle".

"Some 25,000 tonnes of plastic pollution is generated in the country every year of which only 60 per cent is processed while rest 40 per cent is pure litter..."

The World Environment Day was first introduced by the United Nations in 1974 and since then it has developed into a global platform for raising awareness and taking action on urgent issues from marine pollution and global warming to sustainable consumption and wildlife crime.

Till the 1970s, the use of plastic in Pakistan was limited, but this trend started changing in the 1980s, according to International Union for Conservation of Nature Country Representative Mahmood Akhtar Cheema.

If there is one man-made thing in the world that can claim omnipresence, it is plastic pollution.

Ikpeazu said this on Tuesday during the commemoration of the 2018 World Environment Day in Micheal Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike (MOUAU). The theme for this year is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.

"We need to move to a circular economy by designing waste out of our economic system and creating and buying products designed to have a long life, which can be easily disassembled so they can reused, recycled or composted". We are serious about the enforcement of the plastic ban since it leads to clogging of drains. "If we don't eliminate and significantly reduce plastic packaging and single use plastics this problem won't be fixed", says Hunter.

Speaking of plastic waste alone, approximately 900,000 tonnes of PET - used to make soft drink bottles, furniture, carpet, paneling, etc. - was produced in India in 2015-16, as reported by the National Chemical Laboratory. He had also urged people to shun plastic to protect the environment. But not much seems to have been learnt from that experience with SWDs in many parts of the city still used as a dumping ground for plastic and other waste of industries, malls and homes.

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