Plastic waste polluting our rivers

Environmentalists 'encouraged' by G7 plastics charter but urge more action

Prohibiting single-use plastics, such as bags and straws, is a very welcome and much-needed step.

"The charter focuses on recycling and repurposing but made no mention of reduction strategies", Khan said, noting the agreement is voluntary and fails to get at the root causes of the crisis.

A proposed statewide ban on single-use plastic bags has run aground at the statehouse with little chance of a compromise before the annual legislative session ends this month.

Environmental Defence, an advocacy organization in Canada, is also disappointed with the plans on handling plastic waste. "The Indonesian government has committed to reduce marine waste by 70 per cent by 2025", note Hangga.

He expressed the hope that the Bio-degradable waste bag will help solve some of the problems associated with waste management as well as environmental pollution. Since the year 1950, about 8.3bn tonnes of plastic and plastic products have been entering our atmosphere. If they have, like in Karnataka and Punjab, they choose to ignore it as there is no monitoring mechanism, and supply is steady. According to the European Food Safety Authority there is an increased risk to human health and food safety "given the potential for micro-plastic pollution in edible tissues of commercial fish".

Amadi called for attitudinal change by the residents toward plastic waste disposal.

Some consumer groups - most notably the Retail Council of Canada - are in opposition, believing they need to be involved in the process.

He added that many customers like getting plastic shopping bags, and some reuse them for garbage bins and cleaning up after their pets.

SK: Roughly about 11 percent of the plastic generated in Zimbabwe is recycled and mainly the high-density polyethylene (HDPE), polyethylene terephthalate (PET) and low-density polyethylene (LDPE). However, these measures to fall short of complete eradication of the problem of plastic pollution. An independent research conducted by Ishan Foundation states that by the year 2050, the amount of plastic in the sea will exceed the amount of marine life. The worst culprit in the game is lack of waste management infrastructure in rural or semi-urban areas. He said the generation of plastic waste in India is estimated to be 15342.6 tonnes per day.

JG: What kind of impact does plastic waste have on the natural environment, human and animal life? Among the Indian states, Maharashtra produces the the maximum plastic waste, while with Gujarat is ranked number second.

One mass of plastic in the Pacific is now bigger than France. These, in turn, contribute heavily to state revenue and now, to the State Goods and Services Tax.

Nema Director General Geoffrey Wahungu, who attended the forum, termed the enforcement of the ban a largely successful one, but also acknowledged the challenges raised by the public. There is growing common ground and recognition of the need for cooperation between the plastics industry, governments, brand owners, businesses, NGOs, and concerned citizens to protect and restore the health of the world's oceans. We will continue the awareness campaigns throughout the year.

"Bans will be successful only if the people are made to understand why the product has been banned in the first place", said A. Sudhakar, Member Secretary, CPCB, in a report.

The Deputy President encouraged other counties to follow the example of Wajir, Makueni and Isiolo counties, which have set aside climate change mitigation funds.

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