India the first Asian country to launch a plastics pact
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6th Sep, 2021
In a major achievement, India has become the first Asian country to launch a Plastics Pact.
About plastic Pact
Status of plastic waste in India
- 3 million tons of Indian waste was recovered in 2018-19.
- This translates to about 9,200 tons per day (TPD). The total amount of municipal waste is 55-65 million tons; plastic waste is about 5-6 percent of the solid waste generated in the country.
- Only 9% of recycled plastic waste. About 12% burned, while 79% accumulated in landfills.
- According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), at least eight million tons of plastic end up in the oceans every year.
- Only nine percent of the plastic trash produced between 1950 and 2015 was reused worldwide, according to a study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and others.
India Plastics Pact's targets
- The India Plastics Pact's targets to be achieved by 2030.
- A list of unnecessary or problematic plastic packaging and items and take measures to address them through redesign and innovation.
- 100% of plastic packaging to be reusable or recyclable.
- 50% of plastic packaging to be effectively recycled and 25% average recycled content across all plastic packaging.