Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050 - United Nations chief

Rodiano Bonacci
Giugno 8, 2018

At a recycling plant outside Tokyo, workers in face masks pick through an unending torrent of plastic rubbish, fuelled by a national obsession with pristine packaging - and famously strict rules that ensure much of it is reclaimed and reused.

"They also hold no value post use so are not attractive to those companies who are purchasing and re-using used plastic", she said.

"Signing the declaration is a significant and important step towards reducing the amount of plastic that we produce and helping end plastic pollution".

In accordance, this year's theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution", for which we are exploring green alternatives to reduce the usage of plastics across all our offices, dealers and service networks.

Did you know that globally, we dump around eight million tonnes of plastics into the sea every year?

This year, India is the global host nation for the 43rd edition of World Environment Day. We need to beat plastic pollution on multiple fronts.

A new report from UN Environment, named "Single-use Plastics: A roadmap for Sustainability", was released yesterday in New Delhi by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Head of UN Environment Erik Solheim on the occasion of World Environment Day.

The pledge is the most ambitious yet of the global actions to combat plastic pollution that are taking place in 60 nations around the world.

The Minister said rapid urbanisation and economic development in numerous developing countries, had led to increase plastic use and plastic pollution, saying there were more plastics in the ocean now.

New data from waste and brand audits conducted in five Philippine cities confirm results of earlier coastal clean-up audits that multinational brands are the country's top sources of plastic pollution.

Disposable plasticDespite the many valuable uses of plastic, people everywhere have become over reliant on single-use or disposable plastic - with severe environmental consequences. I also invite Canadians to share their ideas on how we can move Canada toward zero plastic waste.

"It is, therefore, safe to say that most countries have woken up to the environmental impact of plastic bags and bottles", he said.

Today, the challenge we face is no longer plastic bags alone, but all plastics, especially those used once and thrown away.

Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma said that while Rs 350 crore was spent last year, this year Rs 650 crore was send to states under the environment protection programme.

The report recognizes that single-use plastic waste generation and waste management practices differ across regions.

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