Only 60 per cent plastic waste is recycled: Environment Minister

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They said: "While we call on government to take necessary action against plastics pollution, there are so many things that we can do as individuals".

Pakistan Navy celebrates World Environment Day on Tuesday and arranged numerous activities on to highlight the significance of environment in Pakistan and to promote awareness amongst public, concerned agencies and departments especially focusing on the marine environment. "Plastic packaging accounts for all plastic waste, which is all single use", adding his ministry hopes to eliminate it by 2022.

With plastic making up 10% of the total waste generated, half of it used is disposable or single-use.

Up to five trillion grocery bags are used each year and like most plastic garbage barely any is recycled, the United Nations said Tuesday as it warned the world was choking on trash.

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In the meantime, apart from the plastic pollution, Sudan is facing other environment issues, top of them desertification or desert encroachment.

Also, many people are promoting the use of cloth bags over plasting and also by planting trees.

This year the day was running under the theme of "Beat Plastic Pollution".

Since 1974, the World Environment Day on every June 5 has served as the United Nation's principal vehicle for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

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He said the Federal government is now working on a National Policy on Plastic Waste Management, to regulate the use and disposal of plastics in the country. The theme for the June 5 annual observance is an invitation to make changes in everyday life to reduce the heavy burden of plastic pollution on our natural places, our wildlife - and our own health.

Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute.

He also pointed out that plastic pollution was now entering into the food chain and micro plastics had even entered basic things such as salt, bottled water and tap water.

"Signing the declaration is a significant and important step towards reducing the amount of plastic that we produce and helping end plastic pollution".

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"In particular, it is impacting the ocean, which is the lungs of our planet, providing most of the oxygen we breathe, major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere, " AfDB said. The campaign slowly grew from two people to thousands of volunteers who work every day to ensure the litter does not turn into marine debris. 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.

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