United Nations says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste

- In case you collect plastic bags, sachets, and bottles when shopping, segregate them for reuse and recycling.

Today, World Environment Day, 12 local and worldwide businesses signed a declaration to tackle plastic pollution by committing to using 100% reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging in their New Zealand operations by 2025 or earlier, as part of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation's New Plastics Economy initiative.

"It's especially troubling that 40 per cent of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded". More specifically, Mr. Guterres stated: "Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste".

Wednesday in Rwanda will be marked with a wide-range of activities centred on this year's theme: "Beat Plastic Pollution".

Up to five trillion plastic bags are used each year, and 13 million tonnes of plastic leaks into the oceans annually.

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

Ban on use of plastic should start from every house, he said and emphasised the need to educate people about the protection of environment.

Addressing the gathering, Erik Solheim, Executive Director, UN Environment said plastic is a huge environmental and health issue while mentioning that individual in tackling plastic pollution and taking specific measures to deal with single use plastic.

In the same context, Mohamed Shehab, CEO of the Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA), said that the national EU-funded initiative to reduce the consumption of plastic bags has been launched on June 5, 2017, during which around 4.5 million tons of biodegradable plastic bags were distributed in 18 months.

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Greenpeace applauds companies that are beginning to eliminate single-use plastics from their shelves, like Countdown's announcement today that they are eliminating plastic straws, and several national retailers implementing plastic bag bans this year. The theme of Wednesday 2018 is Beat Plastic Pollution. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish.

"Targeted levies and bans - where properly planned and enforced - have been among the most effective strategies to limit overuse of disposable plastic products", the report said. "If we work together we can make our vision our reality".

The Minister said plastic menace was not only an environmental issue, but also a major socio-economic development challenge and clearly among the tragedies of the 21st century.

He said in Ghana, the lack of clean drinking water, caused by pollution of most of the rivers and water sources, also exacerbated the problem of the use of plastic or sachet water, since most people in the country depended on sachet water for drinking.

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