India Plastic Pact
Environment and Ecology > Pollution > Plastic pollution
Why in news?
- World-Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF India) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) have joined hands to develop a platform to promote a circular system for plastics. The new platform called, the ‘India Plastic Pact,’ was launched by British High Commissioner to India.
India Plastic Pact:
- The India Plastics Pact is an ambitious, collaborative initiative that aims to bring together businesses, governments and NGOs to reduce, reuse, and recycle plastics in their value chain.
- It is a collaboration between WWF India and CII.
- The Pact focuses on addressing the barriers to circularity in the plastic packaging sector
- The Pact aims to transform the current linear plastics system into a circular plastics economy that will:
- Reduce the use of problematic plastics in India
- Retain valuable materials in the economy for use in other products
- Generate jobs, investment and opportunities in the plastics system in India
- The India Plastics Pact aims to promote public-private collaborations that enable solutions to eliminate the plastic waste problem in India and bring innovation to the way plastic is designed, used and reused.
Need for Plastic Pacts:
- India generates 9.46 million tonnes of plastic waste annually, of which 40 per cent is not collected.
- About half of all plastics produced in the country are used in packaging; most of it is single use in nature.
- Commitments made under the pact aim to keep plastic packaging in the economy and out of the natural environment.
Consider the following statements regarding ‘India Plastics Pact’:
1. The Pact creates a unified national framework for a circular economy for plastics
2. It is a collaboration between World-Wide Fund for Nature-India (WWF India) and the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Which of the statements given above is/are correct?
(a) 1 only
(b) 2 only
(c) Both 1 and 2
(d) Neither 1 nor 2