In our cities, plastic bags also choke drains, which results in flooding.
The report recognizes that single-use plastic waste generation and waste management practices differ across regions.
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.
“The official slogan chosen by the JASTRe – “If you can’t reuse it, refuse it” – urges us to think for a moment before making a decision to buy or accept something that is not reusable”, the minister said.
“The ban is only on paper and not in spirit”. He said that Sepa has been relentlessly pursuing stakeholders to adopt the technology for manufacturing biodegradable plastic products. ” demands tree doctor, Vijay Nishanth”. Plastic bags don’t biodegrade, they photodegrade i.e. breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest them.
This plastic could have been worth £5.7 million if recycled, but instead costs Scotland, and the relevant local authorities, an estimated £5.3 million to send to landfill, Zero Waste Scotland said.
The issue of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans has soared up the agenda following the BBC’s Blue Planet II and campaigns by many organisations, with two-thirds of people (67%) more concerned than a year ago, the poll found.
When Parmar was asked if the Gujarat government planned to ban plastic, he said: “The issue needs careful consideration and we can not announce a plastic ban abruptly”.
“It’s especially troubling that 40 per cent of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded”. “At present as vendors, hawkers and a few eateries are using it, we want to provide them an alternative which is economical to use”, he adds.
According to Cheema, most of these plastics eventually make their way into rivers, water channels and finally, into the oceans.
The World Environment Day which has been observed since 1972 will be celebrated on June 5 2018 with the theme “Plastic Pollution”. It hardly happens that we do not encounter plastic in some or the other form.
Karimnagar: Rallies and awareness programmes were held in the erstwhile Karimnagar district on the occasion of the World Environment Day on Tuesday.
Countdown also announced it will phase out plastic straws this year.
We might create plastic pollution, but if we work together, we can help end it, too.
Dr Molewa has reiterated sentiment expressed during the Department’s Budget Vote speech last month, that South Africa was committed to minimizing plastic pollution and that the DEA is looking at introducing a raft of measures to curb plastic pollution.