UN says world choking on plastic as environmental crisis grows

Canada should aim to recycle 85 per cent of plastics by 2025 groups sayMore

Canada should aim to recycle 85 per cent of plastics by 2025 groups sayMore

A number of private companies including Pepsi and McDonald's, have already released plans to cut their own plastics use and countries like Britain and France have taken steps to ban certain single-use plastics like straws and cutlery.

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%.

The ILO head on Monday said that the challenge is to transform the "make-use-dispose" plastics' economy into a circular economy, based on recycling.

We also need to reduce our consumption of single-use or disposable plastic.

This will not only reduce the environmental damage that plastic pollution is causing but will also open new opportunities for decent work, according to the ILO chief. Dozens of Canadian environment groups say if Canada wants to be a leader in getting the rest of the world to kick its plastics habit, it has to start by setting the bar for recycling plastics far higher at home.

The ILO's World Employment and Social Outlook: Greening with Jobs 2018 report suggests that a sustained 5 per cent annual increase in recycling rates for plastics, glass, wood pulp, metals and minerals can generate around 6 million additional jobs across the world. The majority are women.

The rules have made it mandatory for brand owners to list the name of vendors supplying plastic material and to prepare a flow diagram of manufacturing process showing input and output in terms of products and waste generated. Workers face serious decent work deficits, such as work-related hazards, discrimination, stigmatization, violence and harassment, low earnings and long working hours.

They often are not legally registered and are not protected by labor laws, with no access to social protection benefits. Therefore, the ILO's constituents - governments and employers' and workers' organizations - have an important role to play.

Homegrown FMCG major ITC said over the next decade it would deploy solutions so that 100 per cent of its product packaging will be reusable and recyclable besides scaling up its solid waste management programmes.

"We have initiated projects on waste management by engaging with relevant stakeholders", Nestle said, adding it also supported initiatives to recycle or recover energy from used plastic.

Abu urged the government to ensure policies that would regulate waste management to encourage sorting from primary dump sites and enhance easy assemblage of plastic waste for onward conveyance to specified dump sites.

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