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"Beat Plastic Pollution" is the theme of this year's United Nations World Environment Day, Tuesday.

Scotland has committed to phase out the use of non-recyclable plastics and is now designing a deposit return scheme for drinks packaging that could see recycling rates of more than 90 per cent.

The commitment also includes a pledge to make 100 national monuments throughout the country litter-free, including the Taj Mahal.

The Congress also took to Twitter, pledging to protect and preserve the Environment, saying, "the Earth doesn't belong to us but, we belong to the Earth". All of us have a collective responsibility towards this.

More specifically, Mr. Guterres stated: "Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste".

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The organisation has adopted simpler steps such as replacing all plastic plates and cutlery with stainless steel/ reusable ones, food waste segregation into wet and dry waste and encouraging employees to carry their own mugs for tea and coffee. "Every year, more than eight million tonnes end up in the oceans", he said.

Also speaking, Prof Emmanuel Nzegbulam, the Dean of College of Natural Resources and Environmental Management of the university said that the dangers of continued use of plastics ought not to be over-looked. "Nigerians should individually and collectively reconsider their plastic habits by reducing the use of disposable plastics and using alternatives to plastics".

"Together, we can chart a path to a cleaner, greener world", concluded the Secretary-General.

Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment added: "This has been the biggest, most resonant World Environment Day ever, thanks to the leadership of our global host India".

"There are more sustainable and environmentally friendly options for packaging, storage and transportation of various materials in our system", he said.

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He said that a series of efforts were being undertaken in India to reduce the single-use-plastic pollution.

The Prime Minister asserted that plastic now threatens to become a menace to humanity and a lot of it never makes it to the recycling bin while what was worse was that a lot of it was non bio-degradable.

The above initiative by India is the most ambitious one, which is meant to tackle plastic pollution, compared to the actions announced by 60 world counties.

Many animals die after swallowing these plastic bags. "They are part of growing stream of environmental consciousness being reflected in parts of our civil society", he said.

In a report for International Environment Day, the United Nations warned at current levels the earth could be awash with 12 billion tonnes of plastic trash by the middle of the century.

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"India is a very vocal, very proactive member of the UN Environment Assembly that governs the UN environment program".

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