Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

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The theme for 2018 is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

Outlining efforts undertaken in India to protect the environment, Akbaruddin said fishermen in Kerala were helping reduce, collect and recycle the plastic while in Mumbai, government and local community have come forward to undertake huge efforts to clean beaches.

The report, with its release timed for U.N. World Environment Day, noted that rules limiting the use of plastic bags had decreased their use in places such as Morocco, Rwanda and parts of China, sometimes significantly.

During the awareness campaign, raising stint environmental activists expressed their views on plastic becoming an environmental hazard in both the rural and urban areas of Pakistan.

Most of this plastic garbage clogging waterways and landfill is single-use items like straws, bags and cutlery.

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The green endeavour is aimed to create awareness on the importance of reducing plastic waste in the country, in line with the United Nations' (UN) efforts to combat pollution from plastic materials.

Also speaking, Prof Emmanuel Nzegbulam, the Dean of College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the university said that the dangers of continued use of plastics ought not to be over-looked.

Millions of people from over 100 countries including Brunei Darussalam have taken part over the years, helping drive change in consumption habits as well as in national and worldwide environmental policy. India is hosting this year's World Environment Day.

China is the biggest source of plastic packaging waste, ahead of the European Union and the United States.

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

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"We recognise the need to tackle the issue of water availability, which is becoming a major challenge in India".

Some 79 percent of the plastic ever made has ended up dumped, with hardly any reused or destroyed despite recycling and other initiatives to curb use, the report said.

Mr Modi said, Government's Make in India campaign has focus on zero defect and zero effect manufacturing which means manufacturing without defect and which does not harm the environment.

"The developing world complains how it has exploited environment and thus ask for technology and finance, I feel this is important but environment won't be defended unless the society is motivated", he added. The simplest plastic normally used in grocery store bags takes at least 100 years to break down while the complex ones take up to 600 years or beyond to decompose.

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