Punjab government bans use of plastic products in Ministry of Health events
Chandigarh, April 23: In a bid to reduce plastic waste and pollution, the Punjab Health and Family Welfare Directorate on Saturday issued an order directing its department to limit the use of plastic bouquets and bottles. plastic at Ministry of Health events.
“Minister of Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education and Research, Vijay Singla, has expressed his wish that the use of water packed in plastic bottles be discouraged in official functions/events of the Department of Health – Further, no bouquets etc. should be presented to the Minister of Health or other dignitaries at such events,” reads the official order. The measure has been taken to reduce” plastic waste, pollution and to protect public health,” he added.
According to a response given to Lok Sabha in December 2021 by Minister of State for Environment Ashwini Choubey, the generation of plastic waste in India has more than doubled in the past five years, with an average annual increase of 21.8 %.
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“Based on studies conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) on hazardous waste and compiled data on other waste, the observed average annual increase in the generation of hazardous waste is 2%, in biomedical waste (BMW) is 5.8%, solid waste 0.1% and plastic waste 21.8%,” the minister’s written response reads.
Meanwhile, India pledged to tackle plastic pollution at the United Nations Environment Assembly in March to reduce its damaging effects on land and marine ecosystems, as well as human well-being. To be human.
“India is committed to tackling plastic pollution, including marine plastic pollution, to reduce the adverse effects on land and water ecosystems and human well-being. India spearheaded a resolution on the tackling pollution from single-use plastic products at the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) held in 2019, highlighting the issue globally,” said notes Environment Secretary Leena Nandan.
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