The pervasive presence of plastic has become an undeniable force shaping our world and the way we consume. Once hailed as one of the greatest human inventions, it is now posing global environmental issues from ecosystem disruptions to health risks to ultimately exacerbating climate change. Do you know that the growth rate of the Indian plastics industry is one of the highest in the world? According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), more than 25,000 tonnes of plastic is generated in the country every single day. Around 43 per cent of this is manufactured for packaging purposes, which is mostly single-use. Despite the nationwide ban on specific single-use plastic items, these items continue to circulate even a year after the ban.
As a global initiative to promote sustainable production and consumption of plastics, the United Nations Environmental Assembly (UNEA) decided to form an Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Plastic Pollution (INCs) in March 2022. The committee will work towards an international legally-binding instrument to combat plastic pollution. In this context, plastic circularity is an emerging area. There has been an increased focus on transitioning from a linear economy to one that follows a ‘closed loop’ system. An understanding of the current realities of plastic waste management can be the first step towards dealing with the issue.
CSE’s Green Educators’ Network (GEN) invites its Members to its next online lecture of the exclusive session series Environmentally Speaking. This Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 4 PM, CSE’s inhouse expert Siddharth G. Singh will discuss the issue of plastics, its management and the global negotiations around it.
Please click on the link below to register for the session.
To know more, contact:
Environment Education, CSE,
Phone: (011) 40616000, Extn 300
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|The Plastic Life-Cycle|
|Closing the Loop
By: Siddharth G. Singh
Programme Manager, CSE, India
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|SIDDHARTH G SINGH
Programme Manager, Solid Waste
Management & Circular Economy, CSE
Environment Education Unit, CSE