Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

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With the growing issue on plastic waste menace, eminent worldwide sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik has created a sand turtle with installation of plastic bottles at Puri beach with a message "Beat Plastic Pollution".

In Rwanda, the day will mark the end of the 2018 National Environment Week, a campaign that this year focused on raising awareness on dangers associated with plastic pollution with view to reduce the excessive use of single-use plastics.

By 2050, it is estimated that there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans.

Solheim said that the environment is a people-centric problem in India.

Among its recommendations, the report called for better sorting of waste and recycling, economic incentives to promote eco-friendly alternatives to plastics, education of consumers and promotion of reusable products.

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"It takes one small step to #BeatPlasticPollution!"

Mr Modi said, Government has given forty million new cooking gas connections in the last two years which has freed rural women from the misery of poisonous smoke and has also eliminated their dependence on firewood.

"Within this period however, plastic has transformed everything from clothing, cooking, and catering to product design, engineering and retailing", due to its advantage of lasting for a long time, almost all the plastic ever produced, still exist in one form or the other today.

On Twitter, Guterres pledged to abolish the use of plastic bottles in his office, and he did that starting on Monday, removing all plastic bottles from his office, conference rooms and Department for Public Information.

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined that plastic pollution must be dealt globally as microplastic particles in the ocean have increased tremendously. Annual celebrations of World Environment Day began in 1974. This year's Wednesday theme: Beating Plastic Pollution, urges governments, industries, communities and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic products.

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He urged people to avoid consumption of single-use disposable plastics.

"This has a detrimental effect on our environment, more so once this pollution enters our oceans and endangers marine life and fragile marine ecosystems", adds Minister Molewa.

"Plastic threatens to become a menace to humanity".

The above initiative by India is the most ambitious one, which is meant to tackle plastic pollution, compared to the actions announced by 60 world counties. In our cities, plastic bags also choke drains, which results in flooding.

On World Environment Day, Prime Minister Modi expressed his government's commitment to the sustainable development goals.

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