Danone joins fight against plastic waste in New Zealand

A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste

A sweeping look over Taimur Nagar underlines the challenges the country faces with its waste

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres underlined that plastic pollution must be dealt globally as microplastic particles in the ocean have increased tremendously.

Worldwide companies who agreed to sign include Amcor, Danone, L'Oreal, Mars, PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever and Nestle.

New Zealand-based businesses that signed the NZ Plastic Packaging Declaration are Foodstuffs, Countdown, New Zealand Post and Frucor Suntory along with multinationals the Coca-Cola Company, Unilever, L'oreal, Amcor, Danone, Mars, PepsiCo, and Nestlé. "We have reduced our packaging materials significantly over the last few years through packaging optimisation and will continue to work in this direction", he said.

The Minister said plastic menace was not only an environmental issue, but also a major socio-economic development challenge and clearly among the tragedies of the 21st century. He called on people to pledge to eliminate all single-use plastic from India by 2022.

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Fiza Qureshi, Indus Consortium's Programme Manager, hoped people will begin to realize that paper and plastic bags both come at a great cost to the environment and when need arises they will begin to pull a tightly packed reusable bag from their pocket.

Scotland has committed to phase out the use of non-recyclable plastics and is now designing a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging that could see recycling rates of more than 90%, Zero Waste Scotland said.

"It's clear we can not recycle our way out of this problem".

A ban on disposable plastics in India's capital New Delhi has had only limited impact "because of poor enforcement", the report said.

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Ogundipe said: "Plastic pollution is one of the biggest environmental concerns facing us today and this has constituted a global problem".

The theme of this year's Environment Day was specifically very pertinent in the context of Pakistan where the use of these plastic bags is still on the rise to alarming proportions and playing havoc with our environment, poisoning our oceans, land and our own health.

For more than a decade, Rwanda has raised awareness about the benefits of life without plastic bags to maintain a clean and healthy environment.

The report recognizes that single-use plastic waste generation and waste management practices differ across regions.

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At a recycling plant outside Tokyo, workers in face masks pick through an unending torrent of plastic rubbish, fuelled by a national obsession with pristine packaging - and famously strict rules that ensure much of it is reclaimed and reused. Join hands with those who are working towards it.

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