India will abolish all single-use plastic by 2022, vows Narendra Modi

As bioplastics get popular in India a more genuine green choice is to boot out plastic altogether

Satyabrata Tripathy HT

Like all rubbish, plastic waste blocks drains and waterways.

Actor Arjun Kapoor said:"It takes one small step to #BeatPlasticPollution!" He followed this up by fining one of the malls nearby for dumping its plastic and other waste into the SWD. "These disposable plastics are known as "single use" plastics". Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans.

It was only yesterday when Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India will eliminate all single-use plastic in the country by 2022.

Most of this plastic garbage clogging waterways and landfill is single-use items like straws, bags and cutlery.

"The ban is only on paper and not in spirit". Why can't the manufacturing units of plastics be shut down? " demands tree doctor, Vijay Nishanth".

The Minister accordingly encouraged Nigerians to avoid disposing of waste plastic bags, pure water nylons and bottles indiscriminately in habitats, streams, canals, Rivers and sea.

"To meet the rising tide of plastics, we urgently need strong government leadership and intervention", the report said.

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The annual average per capita consumption of plastic in India is at 11 kg as against global average of 28 kg. "A better alternative has to be found", says Mayor Sampath Raj.

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. "If present trends continue, by 2050", Guterres warned, "our oceans will have more plastic than fish".

He made the appeal not only in consonance with this year's theme "Beat Plastic Pollution" of World Environment Day to be celebrated on June 5, but also in preparation for the rainy season.

The Departments of Environmental Affairs (DEA) and Trade and Industry (DTI) as well as the DTI agencies, the South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) and the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) as well as National Treasury will shortly be reviewing the implementation and impact of our country's plastic bag policies.

The report, with its release timed for U.N. World Environment Day, noted that rules limiting the use of plastic bags had decreased their use in places such as Morocco, Rwanda and parts of China, sometimes significantly. In just a short span of 60-70 years, plastic has permeated everything from clothing, cooking and catering to retailing, product design and engineering.

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