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Plastic bottles take 450 years or more to decompose, harming us and our environment. "We in ITC are extremely committed through our initiative of Well being out of Waste (WOW), which focusses on providing an end-to-end sustainable and a scalable solution spanning the entire value chain right from awareness, segregation, collection and promotion, reuse or recycle of solid waste".

If you'd like to get involved, visit the World Environment Day website for more information.

About 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated evey year in India, of which only 60 per cent, according to Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, is recycled.

We all are on the cutting edge of a global plastic calamity. The report analyzes the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics. Companies across sectors including PepsiCo India, ITC, Nestle India, Maruti Suzuki India, and Hyundai India expressed their commitments.

Most at a minimum have categories for burnable, unburnable, recyclable and plastics, with many also requiring people to separate out cardboard and different types of plastic.

Coming to B-town, Alia Bhatt is one step closer towards purging plastic from her life.

Billionaire donor David Koch to retire
David, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer nearly two decades ago, is the executive vice president at Koch Industries. And last week, Americans for Prosperity unveiled a digital ad buy in North Dakota to thank a Democrat, Sen.

The UN chief said the world must unite to "beat plastic pollution" now, noting that microplastic particles in the ocean, "now outnumber stars in our galaxy".

Reduction in the use of plastic and awareness on its recycling and re-use will be taken up in these 100 villages, which are recognised by the state's Rural Development Ministry as "rurban" areas.

Speaking of plastic waste alone, approximately 900,000 tonnes of PET - used to make soft drink bottles, furniture, carpet, paneling, etc. - was produced in India in 2015-16, as reported by the National Chemical Laboratory.

THE Federal Government has disclosed that a National Policy on Plastic Waste management will be enacted soon as part of the efforts to mitigate environmental pollution in Nigeria.

The governor urged every member of the society to jointly begin to think about the way forward out of plastic pollution by acting in consonance with the relevant agencies to create a better society. Plastic bags don't biodegrade, they photodegrade i.e. breaking down into smaller and smaller toxic bits contaminating soil and waterways and entering the food web when animals accidentally ingest them.

A study published in December 2014 by US and United Kingdom researchers suggested there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic weighing almost 269,000 tonnes now swirling in the world's oceans.