2.3 Plastic Pollution in India

 2.3 Plastic Pollution in India

  • India generates 26,000 tonnes of plastic every day and becomes the 15th largest plastic polluter globally.                                                 
  • India is the second-largest populated country in a world where half of the population are using plastic in day to day life since its cheap and affordable.
  • In Mumbai, floods are a common issue because the drainage system usually gets choked since people use plastic bags, water bottles, etc. and throw them on the land.                                  
  • As per a Central Pollution Control Board report in 2013 in India approximately 8 million tonnes of the plastic product are consumed every year which is expected to rise to 12 million tonnes by 2012.   
  • According to the researchers of the World Economic Forum, 10 rivers across Asia and Africa carry 90 per cent of the plastic that ends up in the oceans.

“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.