Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

Taimur Nagar's residents know little of the hazards of non-biodegradable plastic to the water supply and the animals sat around

Today, plastic poses one of the greatest threats to our natural environment all the more so because it is both cheap and easily available.

Ghana on Tuesday joined the global community to mark the World Environment Day with a call on the citizenry to all join hands in dealing with the plastic waste menace, by adopting the right attitudes towards waste management.

"The spread of 180,000 tons of plastic materials. rings alarm bells", he noted. She stressed that people should be sensitised to refuse the use of plastic and promote recycling and reusing.

Plastic pollution is also the theme of the World Environment day, being hosted by India on Tuesday.

The world event, adopted in 1974 by the United Nation, is marked on June 5 every year, and enables the world to focus on the need to protect the environment from degradatio0n.

"We recognise the need to tackle the issue of water availability, which is becoming a major challenge in India".

For decades, official and popular efforts in Sudan have failed to find means to keep the environmental balance, curb up desert encroachment and lessen impact of drought waves. Mahesh Pandya, an environment activist, said: "Instead of merely focusing on publicity, the Gujarat government needs to ban plastic like Maharashtra and Sikkim have done".

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"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 environment ministry had said the pan-India events include cleanliness campaigns by state governments, cleaning of 24 beaches and 24 rivers in 19 states, making national parks and sanctuaries plastic free, media as well as social media campaigns and organising Envithon mini-marathons in five other cities, besides Delhi. We must change the attitude, Not the climate!

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.

Meanwhile, eco activists accuse Fast Moving Consu mer Goods (FMCG) and e-commerce companies of contributing to plastic waste that either ends up in landfills or is burnt.

The UN chief said the world must unite to "beat plastic pollution" now, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, "now outnumber stars in our galaxy".

Plastic litters beaches, blocks drains and harms wildlife, with an estimated 100,000 marine animals killed each year, as well as turning up in food and is found in 90% of bottled water.

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