UN’s Plastic Management Initiative will Impact 100 Cities in India

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will expand its plastic waste management programme to 100 cities across India over the next three years. 

The UNDP initiative aims to address both the short- and long-term difficulties caused by plastic pollution. Its goal is to enhance waste management in cities and towns around the country and find a solution to the prevalent problem of littering. 

The UNDP initiative began in 2018 but was halted in the middle owing to a pandemic. So far, the programme has gathered 83,000 metric tons of plastic. The project is expected to wrap up in 2024. 

A ‘Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management’ has been collaboratively developed by the NITI Aayog and UNDP India. The manual is aimed at urban local bodies (ULBs) and offers practical, reproducible, and scalable plastic waste management methods. It compiles best practices and case studies from places across India and Southeast Asia that are dealing with comparable plastic waste problems. 

The UNDP project intends to develop a socio-technical paradigm for transforming the informal to the formal economy of plastic waste management. Establish Material Recovery Centers for long-term waste management strategies. Improve the socio-economic conditions of waste pickers by institutionalizing Swachhta Kendras under governance framework mechanisms. Create a technology-assisted knowledge management system: Promote traceability, accountability, and digital governance via the cloud. 

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. 

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