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Plastic Overshoot Day 2024 Report

Why is it in the news?

  • Earth Action has released Plastic Overshoot Day 2024 report.

Key findings

  • Plastic Overshoot Day for 2024 is projected to occur on September 5th, indicating that by that date, the world will have generated more plastic waste than it can manage effectively.
  • The projected global plastic waste generation for 2024 is 220 million tonnes, marking a 7.11% increase since 2021.
  • Twelve countries are responsible for 60% of the world’s mismanaged plastic waste, with China, India, and Russia leading the list.

Specific to India:

  • India is classified as one of the Low-Waste-Producing Polluters, yet its Mismanaged Waste Index (MWI) is very high at 68.62%.
  • India’s annual per capita plastic waste production stands at 8 kg per capita per year.
  • India’s amount of plastic waste exported is lower than what it imports.
  • Causes of Plastic Waste in India: Improper disposal leading to the release of microplastics, and the use of additives in plastic production and processing.
  • Recommendations for India: Develop local waste management infrastructure, invest in waste management policies such as Extended Producer Responsibility.
Initiatives to Reduce Plastic Waste

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules of 2022

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 Project REPLAN (REducing PLAstic from Nature)

路聽聽聽聽聽聽 The India Plastics Pact of 2021, and

路聽聽聽聽聽 The National Circular Economy Roadmap for the reduction of plastic waste.

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