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To reduce carbon emissions, the Punjab Government announced a ban on single-use plastic from next month. Rahul Tewari, Secretary, Science, Technology and Environment, announced the decision during a virtual state-level function to mark the World Environment Day.
Single-use plastics are most commonly used for packaging and serviceware such as bottles, wrappers, straws, and bags.
The Secretary also announced 55 sewage treatment plants (STPs) across the state. “The ultra-modern plants will reduce water pollution to a certain extent, and use treated water for cultivation and other allied activities.
Single Use Plastics and Reasons for the Ban:
Single-use plastics, or disposable plastics, are used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.
Plastic is so cheap and convenient that it has replaced all other materials from the packaging industry but it takes hundreds of years to disintegrate.
If we look at the data, out of 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste generated every year in our country, 43% is single use plastic.
Further, Petroleum-based plastic is non biodegradable and usually goes into a landfill where it is buried or it gets into the water and finds its way into the ocean.
In the process of breaking down, it releases toxic chemicals (additives that were used to shape and harden the plastic) which make their way into our food and water supply.
Pollution due to single use plastic items has become an important environmental challenge confronting all countries and India is committed to take action for mitigation of pollution caused by littered Single Use Plastics.
At the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly in 2019, India piloted a resolution on addressing single-use plastic products pollution.
The Prime Minister of India was also conferred the “champions of the earth” award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2018 for pledging to eliminate all single-use plastic by 2022.
Initiatives to Curb Plastic Waste
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