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He lamented that mankind has "become over-dependent on single use or disposable plastic with its attendant and severe environmental consequences".

Cimatu said the easiest and best way to reduce plastic waste is to use reusable alternatives such as eco-friendly tumblers and eco-bags. The report analyzes the complex relationships in our plastics economy and offers an approach to rethink how the world produces, uses and manages single-use plastics.

"Small litters like candy wrappers end up in our oceans".

According to the Minister, only 60 per cent of this gets recycled.

Leones said this should serve as a "wake up call" for the Philippines to reduce its plastic consumption.

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Beating plastic pollution and transitioning to sustainable waste management practices requires a strong enabling environment involving all stakeholders including policy-makers, informal and formal waste and resource management actors as well as civil society organizations. Together lets beat plastic pollution.

Reiterating his government's commitment to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said: "Our national mission on cleanliness and sanitation - Swachh Bharat Abhiyan - has a special focus on "plastic waste management".

Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming. New data from waste and brand audits conducted in five Philippine cities confirm results of earlier coastal clean-up audits that multinational brands are the country's top sources of plastic pollution.

"And we want governments to fill the policy gaps, and ensure there are clear incentives for doing the right thing", the United Nations environment chief said.

And nearly three-quarters (72%) think supermarkets are not doing enough about packaging to tackle the problem of plastic pollution, the survey by Populus for Greenpeace showed. Each one of us. "Plastic bags should be banned".

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Some 300 million tonnes of plastic are reportedly produced around the world every year, half of which are used to produce single-use items, such as shopping bags, bottles, cups and straws.

Deeply moved with these shocking figures, the United Nations Environment is concentrating on its ambitious goal named 'Beat Plastic Pollution'. The UN is encouraging everyone to play a game of "plastic pollution tag".

They urged individuals to reject plastic cutlery, pick-up any plastic they see while on a walk and create awareness on the dangers of plastics pollution among friends and family.

On the 17th June, South Africa will also join our global partners in recognising and celebrating the World Day to Combat Desertification.

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