India lauded for plan to beat plastic pollution

Taimur Nagar is one of many slums in Delhi and countless other cities struggling to cope with waste

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".

"The pollution resulting from plastic use constitutes the biggest threat to environment in Sudan", said Sudan's State Minister for Environment Abboud Jabir Saeed.

Global companies who agreed to sign include Amcor, Danone, L'Oreal, Mars, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestle.

New Zealand-based businesses that signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration are Foodstuffs, Countdown, New Zealand Post and Frucor Suntory along with multinationals the Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, L'oreal, Amcor, Danone, Mars, PepsiCo, and Nestlé.

An event dedicated to "Beat Plastic Pollution" is buzzing in the streets of Bandra at Mumbai.

"We need action now".

Guterres said a healthy planet was essential for a prosperous and peaceful future, pointing out the astonishing comparison between stars in the cosmos and ocean plastics.

"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.

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"Pledges like this ignore the stark reality of what's happening".

One such programme, in line with the objectives of the National Waste Management Strategy (NWMS), is the Recycling Enterprise Support Programme (RESP).Through this, we provide developmental funding for projects in the form of start-up grants. While we really appreciate the steps undertaken by Pakistan Navy to reduce plastic pollution, other organisations and industries also need to join the effort to make our environment totally clean from such hazardous waste.

"When it comes to plastic pollution, Brits are mad as hell and they're not going to take it anymore".

Countdown has already started phasing out plastic bags with 10 stores no longer selling plastic bags, and is going to remove plastic packaging from hundreds of its in-house products within seven years.

Imran Sabir from Sepa said that people should stop the use of one-time plastic commodities, such as straws and cups, which would create a huge positive impact.

The report notes that by some estimates, as many as 5 trillion plastic bags are used worldwide every year.

Foodstuffs was the first retailer in New Zealand to introduce food trays made of recycled PET, helping to divert 80 million food trays from landfill.

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. Mr Modi mentioned that the per-capita plastic consumption in India is much lower than any part of the developed world.

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