India Plastics Pact (Need for Plastics Pact)

In this article we will discuss India Plastics Pact (Need for Plastics Pact)

In this article, we will discuss India Plastics Pact (Need for Plastics Pact). So, let’s get started.

Need for Plastic Pacts:

Indian Scenario:

  • India generates 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually.
  • 40% plastic waste goes uncollected.
  • 43% of all plastics produced in India are used for packaging, majority of them being single-use.
  • However, viewed from the angle of livelihoods, post-consumer segregation, collection and disposal of plastics make up about half of the income of 1.5- 4 million waste-pickers in India.

Global Scenario:

  • Mismanagement of more than 7.7 billion metric tonnes of plastic waste globally over the next 20 years is expected, which is equivalent to 16-times the weight of the human population.
  • Among the many applications of plastic, plastic packaging is the largest.
  • A 2019 report by the Center for International Environmental Law suggests that by 2050, greenhouse gas emissions from plastic could reach over 56 gigatonnes, 10-13% of the remaining carbon budget.

Expected Outcome:

  • It can be expected to boost demand for recycled content, investments in recycling infrastructure, jobs in the waste sector, and beyond.
  • The Pact will support the Extended Producer Responsibility framework of the government and improve solid waste management as envisioned in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
  • Integral to the Pact’s framework is the involvement of the informal waste sector crucial to post-consumer segregation, collection and processing of plastic waste.
  • Apart from benefits to society and economy, delivering the targets will drive circularity of plastics and help tackle pollution.
  • They will lead to significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

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