Plastic Waste Management Companies on a Mission to End the Growing Plastic Disaster
The Indian unit of Amazon.com Inc has eliminated all single-use plastic in its packaging across fulfillment centers in India, in order to weed out the packaging material by June as per the news published by Reuters. The e-commerce giant will replace packaging materials such as air pillows and bubble wraps with “paper cushions”. Also, it had swapped out packaging tapes with other bio-degradable options.
In past decades it has been seen that the use of plastic has increased rapidly. This adaption has become a major contributing factor in the increasing pollution and degradation of the environment as well as ocean oceans.
It has also been observed that, companies are coming with innovative ideas that can help to replace plastic material with eco-friendly materials. Also, many companies are using recycled plastic in various industrial processes. As part of sustainable strategy, food and beverage companies are incorporating recycled plastic to produce new plastic bottles. For instance, in July 2017, The Coca-Cola Company announced that it would use 50% of recycled plastic in its bottles by the end of 2020. This adoption has given an impetus to plastic waste management.
Earlier this month on World Oceans Day, Oceana Canada—an advocacy group dedicated solely to ocean conservation—launched a petition calling on the Prime Minister and the Minister of the Environment to fulfil their mandate commitment to ban unnecessary single-use plastics by 2021. More than 50,000 people have signed the petition calling for action on the issue. The result of petition shows that the 86% of Canadians support a national ban on single-use plastics by 2021.
In a press statement, Kim Elmslie, Campaign Director, Oceana Canada said, “This research shows that more than ever, Canadians want a future without harmful single-use plastics”.
Kim also stated, “But there is still hope for our oceans. We can end the plastic disaster for ourselves, for our oceans and for our future by stopping it at the source. By implementing the promised national ban, our government has an opportunity to show leadership in helping solve this global crisis that we as a country are contributing to.”
If we consider Asian scenario regarding pollution, many cities in India rank among the world’s most polluted cities. Plus, waste generated from single-use plastic has becoming an issue in India. In October, 2019, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had called on Indians to help stop the usage of single-use plastic - seen as a pollutant – by the end of 2022. But the country does not have an organized plan to manage plastic waste.
The rising number of overfilled landfills around the globe and ban on landfills across Europe have given a push to waste recycling activities. Considering the concerns regarding pollutions, citizens and public/private organizations are performing campaigns to prevent the use of plastic. Many governments and regulatory bodies associated with the governments across the world are implementing the policies to promote ban or recycling activities.
Experts opine that these initiatives will create a conducive environment for the plastic waste management sector across the globe. The research report by The Insight Partners predicts that increasing government spending and the burgeoning number of private companies venturing into the sector will drive the overall plastic waste management industry in coming years.
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