Single-use plastic: Problems and alternatives


The production and consumption of single-use plastics in India have drastically increased in the last few years. As currently, India generates 26,000 tons plastic per day and out of which 43% of manufactured plastics belong to the category of single-use plastics. Due to favourable factors like lower cost and availability across the country, it is estimated that India’s average per capita consumption of plastic is going to increase from 11 kg to 20 kg by 2020. But lack of disposal facilities and non-biodegradable nature of such petroleum-based plastics they accumulate in the environment and cause a lot of damage by polluting land, oceans, groundwater, and air.

Here is a brief description of ways that should receive the focus of the general public in terms of plastic disposal and its alternatives to reduce single-use plastics.

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