Plastic water pouches banned in Gujarat's Rajkot from June 5

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"The assessment shows that action can be painless and profitable, with huge gains for people and the planet that help avert the costly downstream costs of pollution", said UNEP head Erik Solheim.

Meanwhile, Environment Day was also celebrated in National Thermal Power Corporation with the pledge to "Beat Plastic Pollution", which is the theme for this year's World Environment Day.

"There's an enormous opportunity to turn single-use plastic bottles into a valuable resource if placed in the correct recycling bins".

The campaign on the theme, "Beat Plastic Pollution" is about being less wasteful, being smarter in how we design and use products, and protecting our own nations and more especially our common oceans. He will also visit an exhibition set up on the occasion of the World Environment Day at the Rajpath lawns.

Ban on use of plastic should start from every house, he said and emphasised the need to educate people about the protection of environment.

"It's especially troubling that 40 per cent of plastic produced is packaging, used just once and then discarded".

The report said the five trillion plastic bags consumed each year equalled almost 10 million plastic bags per minute.

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Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, and every year, up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags are used.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has warned that there would be more plastic than fish by 2050 if the present trends continue.

Prof Frimpong-Boateng said Ghana was taking various measures in dealing with the plastic waste menace, announcing that the country, was developing a policy was to guide the use of plastics, and that would be heralded by an environmental education and awareness creation among the citizenry. "If we work together we can make our vision our reality".

In 2008, the landlocked country passed a law banning importation and use of polythene bags, which also stipulates heavy penalties for their use or smuggling them into the country.

WATCH: How do we solve the plastic catastrophe? The target of this year's United Nations campaign is to make sure that people around the world are free of the over-consumption and reliance of single-use plastics. And the first thing that comes to anyone's mind is to reduce the number of water bottles they buy or not use plastic bags when shopping. They also pose a risk to our health. Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste.

The national celebrations for Wednesday will be held at the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Centre (IPRC)-Kigali in Kicukiro District.

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