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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 atmosphere 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 atmosphere ministry has taken a number of steps in 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 route. The import of plastic waste has been banned. The states have been directed to make sure no use of SUP. Several states have already stopped utilizing SUP,” he mentioned.
“We have notified plastic waste management rules beneath which plastic beneath 40 microns thickness can’t be used. We have additionally directed states to take motion towards corporations producing plastic carry baggage beneath 40-micron thickness,” the minister added.
Announcing the marketing campaign, he mentioned it can assist discovering appropriate alternate options to SUP and establish new methods of plastic waste administration.
“We are organising a Plastic Hackathon 2021. It will deliberate on plastic waste administration, its assortment and what new merchandise might be made out of it. Suitable different to SUP may even be mentioned on this hackathon. Essay competitions can be organised for college youngsters. Till the time on-line lessons are occurring for faculties and schools, such actions can be loved by college students they usually can take part with full enthusiasm,” Javadekar mentioned.
Before the minister’s message, a digital occasion was organised by FICCI the place Environment Secretary R P Gupta mentioned the marketing campaign is an effort to lift the capability of assorted stakeholders with respect to plastic air pollution.
“It can be a two-month lengthy marketing campaign with a sequence of occasions on lowering plastic waste technology, recognising the necessity of efficient plastic waste administration, rising the notice of appropriate alternate options, sustainable consumption and manufacturing and prolonged producer accountability (EPR),” Gupta mentioned.
The marketing campaign is being organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit), a German organisation working collectively with companions in India for sustainable financial, ecological, and social improvement.
Gupta mentioned intensive efforts have been put in by the ministry to lift consciousness and sensitise residents on the environmental influence of SUP.
“The authorities is offering help to states for creating sufficient waste administration infrastructure for stable and plastic waste administration by way of flagship Swachh Bharat Mission scheme,” he mentioned.
Considering the opposed 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 Environment, Forest and Climate Change had notified Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, for dealing with plastic waste in an environmentally sound method.
Further, the ministry has issued a draft notification on March 11, 2021 for amending the Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, with respect to prohibiting recognized SUP objects following a phase-out schedule in 2022.
Littered plastic waste on land is recognised as a significant supply of marine plastic litter. Plastic waste administration on land will considerably contribute to the discount within the technology of marine plastic litter, ministry sources mentioned.
FICCI Secretary General 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 a hit.
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 accomplice for the marketing campaign.

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