Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

Meanwhile, Environment Day was also celebrated in National Thermal Power Corporation with the pledge to "Beat Plastic Pollution", which is the theme for this year's World Environment Day.

He commended India's commitment in overcoming the challenge of plastic pollution.

"Today, we announced the appointment of Patricia Fuller as Canada's new Ambassador for Climate Change to help advance Canada's clean growth and climate change priorities on the world stage".

Plastic can persist in the environment for almost a thousand years before it fully disintegrates and keeping this in mind, many organisations and governments are looking for alternatives to tackle this problem.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged Filipinos to stop using single-use plastic items that usually end up polluting the oceans and waterways.

Ms Josephine Nkrumah, Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), in a contribution to a panel discussion held as part of the Environment Day, said all Ghanaians have to be responsible towards preserving the environment, and especially, in handling plastic waste.

"Beating single-use plastics can be possible only if factories make items, which can be used a couple of times. If we don't eliminate and significantly reduce plastic packaging and single use plastics this problem won't be fixed", says Hunter. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish.

"The scourge of plastic has reached every corner of the Earth", Erik Solheim, head of U.N. Environment, wrote in the report, compiled with the Indian government and launched along with a slogan: "If you can't reuse it, refuse it".

In a report for International Environment Day, the United Nations warned at current levels the earth could be awash with 12 billion tonnes of plastic trash by the middle of the century. According to official data, about 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every year in India and of this, only 60 per cent is recycled. He talked about environmental friendly steps taken by Engro in Thar and said that nature has to be preserved, which can only be done as a collaborative effort from all.

More updates on World Environment Day are yet to come up, till then stay tuned!

Scotland has committed to phase out the use of non-recyclable plastics and is now designing a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging that could see recycling rates of more than 90 per cent.

They said individuals, the private sector, corporate entities, and the State must all play critical roles to ensure that the plastic waste menace, was effectively dealt with.

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