To counteract the harmful consequences of plastic pollution, the United Nations Development Programme wants to nearly increase its plastic waste management to 100 cities in India by 2024.
The lack of systematic waste management in India’s many towns and cities, which are frequently named among the world’s most polluted, contributes to rampant littering and pollution.
Since its inception in 2018, the UNDP programme has gathered 83,000 metric tonnes of plastic garbage. According to government estimates, India creates roughly 3.4 million tonnes of plastic garbage each year.
The UNDP and the NITI Aayog, a federal think tank, have collaborated on a ‘handbook’ model for local governments and the corporate sector.
Rasheed said the government needs to tighten rules on plastic garbage dumping and has a “long way to go” in terms of raising awareness among homes, adding that more money should be invested in alternative research.
The COVID-19 pandemic caused extensive increases in the garbage, especially medical plastic waste, and impacted the livelihoods of collectors, who sometimes labor in dangerous situations.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) predicts that plastic pollution will quadruple by 2040, with 23-37 million metric tonnes of rubbish entering the world’s oceans each year.
India, the world’s third-largest producer of greenhouse gases after China and the United States, has set a target of reaching net-zero carbon emissions by 2070, twenty years after the United Nations’ global recommendation.