Oceans will have more plastic than fish by 2050 - United Nations chief

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THE Federal Government has disclosed that a National Policy on Plastic Waste management will be enacted soon as part of the efforts to mitigate environmental pollution in Nigeria.

This World Environment Day UN Environment is asking you, companies and civil society groups, to take a concrete action to Beat Plastic Pollution.

"The spread of 180,000 tons of plastic materials. rings alarm bells", he noted.

Every year, World Environment Day has a host and a theme.

This year's focus is on addressing plastic pollution.

"The only way forward is massive enlightenment on the need for a total refusal of the plastic option; let us legislate against it and its use for packaging or storage".

The figures were released today by Zero Waste Scotland, in coordination with World Environment Day (5 June 2018) - a global day which encourages awareness and action for the protection of the environment.

Dr Molewa has reiterated sentiment expressed during the Department's Budget Vote speech last month, that South Africa was committed to minimizing plastic pollution and that the DEA is looking at introducing a raft of measures to curb plastic pollution.

Highlighting the menace posed by plastic, he had said that 25,940 tonnes of plastic waste is generated every day in the country with 40 per cent of plastic waste being uncollected, and 60 million tonnes of solid waste is generated in one year.

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Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, according to the United Nations.

The World Environment Day is a day for people to make their contribution to saving the Earth.

We all are on the cutting edge of a global plastic calamity.

"Our first danger is that of climate change. These disposable plastics are known as "single use" plastics".

She said scientists estimate there are more than 150 million tonnes of plastic in the ocean and if nothing changes, there will be more plastic than fish by 2050.

Less than a 10th of all the plastic ever made has been recycled, and governments should consider banning or taxing single-use bags or food containers to stem a tide of pollution, a United Nations report says.

Plastic litters beaches, blocks drains and harms wildlife, with an estimated 100,000 marine animals killed each year, as well as turning up in food and is found in 90% of bottled water.

However, the report also cites a fundamental need for broader cooperation from business and private sector stakeholders, offering a roadmap for upstream solutions, including extended producer responsibility and incentives for adoption of a more circular economy approach to plastic production and consumption.

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