2.3 Plastic Pollution in India
“In previous points, we understand that plastic pollution becomes one of the major problems worldwide. Let’s have a look at various causes and impacts to plastic pollution that you will wish you had known.”
Near Bengaluru’s Electronic Capital, the Bommasandra-Jigani link road is dotted with an all-too-familiar sight: an unofficial landfill spanning an acre and rising several metres high, its base is strewn with recently-discarded plastic cups, polybags, wrappers, packaging material, and other detritus of our daily lives. This plastic dump, like other similar dumps littering our roadsides, collecting in vacant lots, and choking water bodies, is a snub to India’s ambitious plan to phase out single-use plastics like straws and cups by 2022, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on World Environment Day a year ago.