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India is taking every step to ensure it is free of single-use plastic by 2022: Javadekar | India News


NEW DELHI: India is taking all steps to ensure the country is free of single-use plastic by 2022, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar told Tuesday launch the ‘Plastic Hackathon 2021’ campaign.
The start of the two-month awareness campaign on single-use plastics (SUP), Javadekar, in an audio message, said that the Ministry of the Environment has taken various measures to eliminate single-use plastic in the country .
“Prime Minister Modi pledged to make the country free of single-use plastic. We took several steps in that direction. The importation of plastic waste was banned. States were ordered not to use SUPs. Several states already they have stopped using SUP, “he said.
“We have notified plastic waste management regulations under which plastic less than 40 microns thick cannot be used. We have also directed states to take action against companies that produce plastic bags smaller than 40 microns. thick, “added the minister.
In announcing the campaign, he said it will help find suitable alternatives to SUP and identify new ways of managing plastic waste.
“We are organizing a Plastic Hackathon 2021. The management of plastic waste, its collection and what new products can be made with it will be discussed. A suitable alternative to SUP will also be discussed at this hackathon. Essay competitions for schoolchildren will be organized. Up to As online classes are developed for schools and universities, students will enjoy these activities and will be able to participate with total enthusiasm, “said Javadekar.
Before the minister’s message, the FICCI organized a virtual event in which the Environment Secretary, RP Gupta, said that the campaign is an effort to increase the capacity of various actors regarding plastic pollution.
“It will be a two-month campaign with a series of events on reducing the generation of plastic waste, recognizing the need for effective management of plastic waste, increasing awareness of suitable alternatives, sustainable consumption and production, and extended responsibility. Producer (EPR), “Gupta said.
The campaign is being organized by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), a German organization working in conjunction with partners in India for economic and ecological sustainability. and social development.
Gupta said the ministry has made intensive efforts to raise awareness and sensitize citizens about the environmental impact of SUP.
“The government is supporting states to develop adequate waste management infrastructure for solid and plastic waste management through the Swachh Bharat Mission flagship scheme,” he said.
Considering the adverse impacts of plastic waste dumped in garbage on terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the prime minister issued a wake-up call in 2019 to phase out single-use plastics by 2022.
The Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change had notified the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, for the management of plastic waste in an environmentally sound manner.
In addition, the ministry issued a draft notice on March 11, 2021 to amend the 2016 Plastic Waste Management Rules, regarding the ban on SUP items identified after a phase-out schedule in 2022.
Plastic waste dumped on land is recognized as a major source of marine plastic litter. The management of plastic waste on land will contribute significantly to the reduction in the generation of marine plastic litter, ministry sources said.
FICCI Secretary General Dilip Chenoy said the campaign is launched on the auspicious occasion of World Oceans Day and that FICCI will do everything possible to make it a success.
The United Nations has designated June 8 as World Oceans Day.
UNEP and GIZ India are the knowledge partners and FICCI is the industrial partner of the campaign.

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