Delhi adds 690 tonnes of plastic waste per day | Delhi News

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NEW DELHI: A new report titled “State of India’s Environment 2022” published by the Center for Science and Environment indicates that Delhi generates 689.8 tons of plastic waste per day, the highest figure among Indian metropolitan cities. The NGO analyzed data from the Central Pollution Control Board and found that the country was producing 25,940 tons of plastic waste every day.
According to the report, Kolkata and Chennai rank second and third among metropolitan cities for daily plastic waste generation with 429.5 TPD and 429.4 TPD respectively.

Explaining why Delhi generates the highest volume of plastic waste among metros, Atin Biswas, Program Manager, Municipal Solid Waste Unit, CSE, said: “The main reason is population density. Delhi’s population grew by more than 200% between 1951 and 2001, according to data from the NCR Planning Board, Government of India. Additionally, municipal solid waste is disposed of with virtually no segregation. »
Siddharth Ghanshyam Singh, Deputy Program Manager, Municipal Solid Waste Unit, CSE, said the data on plastic waste generation in metropolitan cities was compiled after analyzing the latest CPCB report released in 2021 regarding 2019-2020 . Singh said: “Waste separation in Delhi is not as good as some pockets in other metropolitan cities. The level of awareness is higher among residents of Mumbai and Bangalore. »
According to the report, India produced 17 million tons of plastic in 2018-2019 and consumed 18.5 million tons in the same period, according to industry estimates. “Over the past 28 years, our plastic consumption has increased more than 20 times. According to industry, the country’s per capita plastic consumption was 13.6 kg in 2018-2019. With the pandemic prolonging its stay, our per capita plastic consumption is expected to experience considerable growth due to the increased use of plastic and single-use products,” the report states.
The report says that based on India’s plastic consumption of 18.5 million tonnes in 2018-2019, almost 11 million tonnes (60%) was single-use plastic used primarily by the construction industry. packaging, of which 3.1 million tonnes were handled. due to its rigid nature, high monetary value and recyclability. The remaining 7.8 million tonnes of plastic waste is the source of the ecological problem and it is on this volume that we must focus, according to the report.
The central government banned 19 single-use plastic items from July 1, including plastic sticks used in balloons, flags, candy, ice cream and headphones. Also prohibited are thermocol used for decoration, items such as plates, cups, glasses and cutlery, wrapping and wrapping films used in candy boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packs , stirrers and plastic banners with a thickness of less than 100 microns.
In its recommendations, the report suggested uniformity in single-use plastic guidelines across states and union territories. He stressed the need to push producers, importers and brand owners (PIBOs) to collectively invest in R&D and deliver sustainable packaging and alternatives to single-use plastic. He also suggested the implementation of extended producer responsibility, not only to collect and recycle plastic waste, but also to reduce the use of plastics in market products.

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