Make the Environment Free of Plastics, Not Free For Plastics!

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The World Environment Day which has been observed since 1972 will be celebrated on June 5 2018 with the theme "Plastic Pollution".

The event also saw Acting Director of Environment, Parks and Recreation Martinah binti Haji Tamit delivering a speech in which she touched on the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution".

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

Gujarat has also launched "Plastic-waste free Gujarat" drive on June 5. Mr. Modi also visited the exhibition organized on the occasion at Rajpath lawns.

Discarded plastic is one of the biggest environmental threats facing the planet, the United Nations said in a report on Tuesday to mark World Environment Day. The projections being worked out now indicates that there will be a gradual increase in the global plastic production in the upcoming ten to fifteen years.

The Minister said rapid urbanisation and economic development in numerous developing countries, had led to increase plastic use and plastic pollution, saying there were more plastics in the ocean now.

In a report for International Environment Day, the United Nations warned at current levels the earth could be awash with 12 billion tonnes of plastic trash by the middle of the century.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that there would be more plastic than fish by 2050 if the present trends continue. Plastic bottles take 450 years or more to decompose, harming us and our environment.

"Pledges like this ignore the stark reality of what's happening in this country - we've got plastic waste being stockpiled by councils with no place to go, there are no industrial-scale composting facilities for bioplastic and there are no bans on plastic bags, cutlery and other easy-to-eliminate plastic pollution". Since Rwanda introduced the law to prohibit the manufacture, importation, use and sale of polythene bags a decade ago, we have seen remarkable progress and we are pleased that other countries, especially our neighbours the region, are following suit. We are serious about the enforcement of the plastic ban since it leads to clogging of drains.

With plastic making up 10% of the total waste generated, half of it used is disposable or single-use. This year's Wednesday theme: Beating Plastic Pollution, urges governments, industries, communities and individuals to come together and explore sustainable alternatives and urgently reduce the production and excessive use of single-use plastic products. They also pose a risk to our health.

The national celebrations for Wednesday will be held at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC)-Kigali in Kicukiro District.