Oxfam launches campaign to beat plastic pollution in Pakistan

World Environment Day 2018 India is the global host this year and the theme is Beat Plastic Pollution

He said the Federal government is now working on a National Policy on Plastic Waste Management, to regulate the use and disposal of plastics in the country. This World Environment Day take a pledge to do away with single-use plastics and replace it with a greener and healthier alternative for the environment.

The 2018 edition of World Environment Day, celebrated by the United Nations every June 5, is focusing on this issue with the slogan: "Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse It".

"That is why we now want the campaign to go beyond fighting plastic bags to any single-use plastic item".

The plastic pollution can be beaten only when awareness is generated at a mass level, he said.

Mr John Pwamang, Acting Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the theme for the celebration was critical since it emphasised the need to beat plastic out of the environment.

On Twitter, Guterres pledged to abolish the use of plastic bottles in his office, and he did that starting on Monday, removing all plastic bottles from his office, conference rooms and Department for Public Information.

Afrasiab from Business Dynamics gave a presentation on biodegradable plastic and said that plastic pollution is a grave issue and as a nation, it is high time to adopt value added solutions like use of biodegradable bags instead of plastic bags.

In India, plastic has been found inside dead cows while a whale in Thailand died after consuming waste bags.

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Volunteers collect plastic and other recyclable material at seaside in Mumbai, India, June 5, 2018. Marine life, including fish for human consumption, is also affected by microplastics.

Every year, the World Environment Day follows a theme to highlight any one of the major environmental concerns and is hosted by a different country every year.

She said: "The earth's potential is being threaten by poor disposal of plastic waste into the environment affecting the air, water and land".

The presentation by Nubi revealed that UNILAG generates an average of 2.5 tons of plastic waste per day and a huge volume of 840 tons per year.

"Reuse and recycling of plastics really do not have the capacity to remove the pollutants from the system; they can only reduce the volume being introduced".

While we really appreciate the steps undertaken by Pakistan Navy to reduce plastic pollution, other organisations and industries also need to join the effort to make our environment totally clean from such hazardous waste.

"Beating single-use plastics can be possible only if factories make items, which can be used a few times".

"Plastic debris consumed by fishes is also risky to humans because we also end up eating those fishes".

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