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40% plastic waste littered on India's streets: Javadekar in Lok Sabha

40% plastic waste littered on India's streets: Javadekar in Lok Sabha
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As much as 40 per cent of plastic waste collected in India remains uncollected and littered on the streets, Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar told the Lok Sabha on November 22, 2019.

A whopping 25,940 tonnes per day of plastic waste is generated in India, Javadekar said, quoting a study of the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB). The country's 60 major cities produce 4,059 tonnes per day of plastic waste, he added.

Except for 2018-19, the production of plastic increased in India in the last five years.

"The production of plastic in India increased from 1,591 million metric tonnes in 2014-15 to 1,719 million metric tonnes in 2017-18. However, the production for 2018-19 is 1,589 million metric tonnes," Union Minister of State for the environment ministry, Babul Supriyo said, quoting a government report released this year.

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