India to eliminate the use of single-use plastics by 2022

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The 2018 edition of World Environment Day, celebrated by the United Nations every June 5, is focusing on this issue with the slogan: "Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse It".

This leaves only landfill, oceans and waterways as the resting place for the world´s plastic trash, where it takes thousands of years to decompose.

Speaking on the dangers of plastics particularly single-use plastics, Emefiele said scientists have calculated the total amount of plastic ever made to be 8.3 million tons. "This will inspire the world and ignite real change".

The announcement comes against the backdrop of startling new figures on the extent and cost of Scotland's plastic food and drink packaging waste, released by the Scottish Government on World Environment Day (5 June).

"This India of our dreams will also be single-use plastic free".

Professor Christopher Gordon, Director of the Institute of Environmental and Sanitation Studies, University of Ghana, has alerted the public that they may unknowingly be consuming tiny particles of plastic called nano plastics, which are harmful to the human body.

A 2017 report by the Ocean Conservancy said China, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam are dumping more plastic than the rest of the world combined.

"This World Environment Day I'd like to ask people to do what they can to reduce their own use of single use plastic, by reusing what they can and recycling when reuse is not possible".

The vast majority are now anxious about plastic pollution in the oceans, where it can harm wildlife and get into the food chain.

"The pollution resulting from plastic use constitutes the biggest threat to environment in Sudan", said Sudan's State Minister for Environment Abboud Jabir Saeed. "Together, let us ensure that our future generations live in a clean and green planet, in harmony with nature".

Every year, June 5 is observed as World Environment Day and people could adopt simpler things to reduce the planet's vulnerability.

He lamented that mankind has "become over-dependent on single use or disposable plastic with its attendant and severe environmental consequences".

He said it would still be hard for Ghana to ban plastic now and the country needed a policy and a legislative instrument for guidance and stress on education, and turning plastic waste to resources and value addition. "You as Polio Sainiks for many years got us a polio free India", he added.

Islamabad-Oxfam in Pakistan and its partner Indus Consortium launched a campaign to tackle plastic pollution in Pakistan. Then, besides introducing bio-degradable bags, action should be initiated against those involved in preparing plastic bags. "It is a problem that has been going on for a long time", said Saeed.

Through the case studies researchers found that targeted levies and bans, where properly planned and enforced, have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products.