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"This World Environment Day I'd like to ask people to do what they can to reduce their own use of single use plastic, by reusing what they can and recycling when reuse is not possible".

Chairman and managing director of NALCO, Tapan Kumar Chand flagged off the Mini-Marathon which focuses on the theme Beat Plastic Pollution.

Wednesday has a different global host country and this year's host is India, where the official celebration is taking place.

World Environment Day is observed internationally on June 5 every year under the auspices of United National Environment Programme (UNEP).

They urged individuals to reject plastic cutlery, pick-up any plastic they see while on a walk and create awareness on the dangers of plastics pollution among friends and family.

The UN said more than 60 countries had introduced bans and levies on single-use plastic items like bags.

Highlighting the theme, "It Takes a Nation to Beat Plastic Pollution", the minister said that "with strong support from all parties, the initiative will succeed in raising public awareness in addressing the use and disposal of plastic bottles". Measures like carrying a cloth bag, avoiding bottled plastic water, and cardboard over plastic are some of the most easiest ones to implement in daily lives.

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He further explained that Egypt is committed to the 2030 strategic development plan for sustainable development to stop using plastic bags, remarking that several Arab and African countries have already done so.

The goal of celebrating world environment day is to bring worldwide focus on importance of environment and to stimulate attention and actions for improving the environment.

"The only way forward is massive enlightenment on the need for a total refusal of the plastic option; let us legislate against it and its use for packaging or storage". It is we all who must step in this initiative to play our part.

The ministry will meet with officials from the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration and discuss ways of reducing the use of plastic bags at fresh markets, he said. "Anyone can help change mindset as a way to keep supporting our country make progress toward clean environment", he said.

This plastic could have been worth £5.7 million if recycled, but instead costs Scotland, and the relevant local authorities, an estimated £5.3 million to send to landfill, Zero Waste Scotland said.

Priya Pillai an Associate Manager for Human Resources at Media.net said that her organisation "conducted a quick study on the plastic usage in the organization and soon realised that a big chunk of the plastic menace came from the cafeteria & during meal times".


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