India taking all steps to ensure it becomes free of single-use plastic by 2022: Javadekar | India News

NEW DELHI: India is taking all steps to make sure that the nation turns into freed from single-use plastic by 2022 as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union surroundings minister Prakash Javadekar mentioned on Tuesday whereas launching ‘Plastic Hackathon 2021’ marketing campaign.
Kick-starting the two-month-long consciousness marketing campaign on single-use plastics (SUPs), Javadekar, in an audio message, mentioned the surroundings ministry has taken a number of steps in the direction of eliminating single-use plastic from the nation.
“Prime Minister Modi pledged to make the nation freed from single use plastic. We took a number of steps in that course. The import of plastic waste has been banned. The states have been directed to make sure no use of SUP. A number of states have already stopped utilizing SUP,” he mentioned.
“We have now notified plastic waste administration guidelines below which plastic under 40 microns thickness can’t be used. We have now additionally directed states to take motion towards corporations producing plastic carry baggage below 40-micron thickness,” the minister added.
Asserting the marketing campaign, he mentioned it’ll assist discovering appropriate options to SUP and determine new methods of plastic waste administration.
“We’re organising a Plastic Hackathon 2021. It should deliberate on plastic waste administration, its assortment and what new merchandise may be made out of it. Appropriate different to SUP will even be mentioned on this hackathon. Essay competitions can be organised for college children. Until the time on-line courses are happening for faculties and faculties, such actions can be loved by college students they usually can take part with full enthusiasm,” Javadekar mentioned.
Earlier than the minister’s message, a digital occasion was organised by FICCI the place Setting Secretary R P Gupta mentioned the marketing campaign is an effort to boost the capability of varied stakeholders with respect to plastic air pollution.
“Will probably be a two-month lengthy marketing campaign with a sequence of occasions on decreasing plastic waste era, recognising the necessity of efficient plastic waste administration, rising the attention of appropriate options, sustainable consumption and manufacturing and prolonged producer duty (EPR),” Gupta mentioned.
The marketing campaign is being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Business (FICCI), United Nations Setting Programme (UNEP) and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), a German organisation working collectively with companions in India for sustainable financial, ecological, and social growth.
Gupta mentioned intensive efforts have been put in by the ministry to boost consciousness and sensitise residents on the environmental influence of SUP.
“The federal government is offering help to states for growing sufficient waste administration infrastructure for strong and plastic waste administration by flagship Swachh Bharat Mission scheme,” he mentioned.
Contemplating the hostile impacts of littered plastic waste on each terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the prime minister gave a clarion name in 2019 to section out single-use plastics by 2022.
The Ministry of Setting, Forest and Local weather Change had notified Plastic Waste Administration Guidelines, 2016, for dealing with plastic waste in an environmentally sound method.
Additional, the ministry has issued a draft notification on March 11, 2021 for amending the Plastic Waste Administration Guidelines, 2016, with respect to prohibiting recognized SUP gadgets following a phase-out schedule in 2022.
Littered plastic waste on land is recognised as a serious supply of marine plastic litter. Plastic waste administration on land will considerably contribute to the discount within the era of marine plastic litter, ministry sources mentioned.
FICCI Secretary Common Dilip Chenoy mentioned the marketing campaign is being launched on the auspicious event of World Oceans Day and that FICCI will put its greatest efforts in making it successful.
The United Nations has designated June eight as World Oceans Day.
The UNEP and GIZ India are the information companions and FICCI is the trade associate for the marketing campaign.

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