Ikpeazu advocates for social orientation,legislation in combating plastic pollution

Gwen Vasquez
June 8, 2018

Plastic pollution is also the theme of the World Environment Day, being hosted by India on Tuesday.

According to Cheema, most of these plastics eventually make their way into rivers, water channels and finally, into the oceans. "Most ends up in landfills, dumps or in the environment".

The United Nations warns that 360 million tonnes of plastic is produced each year, and levels are set to nearly double to 619 million tonnes by 2030, with cigarette butts, drinks bottles and caps and food wrappers the most common single-use plastics. The longevity of plastics, considered its greatest advantage, has today become the source of the biggest threat to our planet. Almost one third of plastic packaging used globally escapes collection systems, Zero Waste Scotland reports.

Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, according to the United Nations.

Minister of State for Environment, Ibrahim Usman Jibril, made this known on Saturday at a news conference to officially kick-start the activities leading to the commemoration of the World Environment Day on the 5th June 2018.

- In case you collect plastic bags, sachets, and bottles when shopping, segregate them for reuse and recycling.

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"On the World Environment Day, we reaffirm our commitment to a cleaner and sustainable planet".

Environment Minister Sergio Costa has meanwhile pledged to make his ministry "plastic-free" and plans to launch an "economic and cultural strategy to begin reducing plastic production and excessive packaging".

"This World Environment Day I'd like to ask people to do what they can to reduce their own use of single use plastic, by reusing what they can and recycling when reuse is not possible".

Prof Frimpong-Boateng noted that plastic does not biodegrade, but rather breaks down into smaller pieces forming plastic dusts, and were found in the remotest parts of the world, which floats into the ocean, and enter many marine animals and birds.

Imran Sabir from Sepa said that people should stop the use of one-time plastic commodities, such as straws and cups, which would create a huge positive impact. In line with resolutions taken at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and UN Environmental Assembly (UNEA), the Study showed that only 21% of plastic waste is recycled. So as citizens of the global economy, we must practice environmental sustainability by taking action to rid our oceans of plastic pollution and also change our attitudes on indiscriminate disposal of plastic waste not the climate.

The above initiative by India is the most ambitious one, which is meant to tackle plastic pollution, compared to the actions announced by 60 world counties.

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