NITI Aayog, UNDP publish handbook to promote the sustainable management of plastic waste

New Delhi [India]October 13 (ANI): NITI Aayog and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) India have published a handbook on promoting sustainable management of plastic waste in the country, according to a press release by NITI Aayog on Tuesday.

The report, entitled “NITI Aayog-UNDP Handbook on Sustainable Urban Plastic Waste Management” was published on October 11, 2021 by the Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, Dr. Rajiv Kumar, CEO Amitabh Kant, Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Minister for Environment, Forests and Climate publishes Change, Special Secretary Dr. K. RajeswaraRao, and Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India.

The report was developed jointly by UNDP India and NITI Aayog in consultation with well-known experts and leading organizations in the field of plastic waste. The discussion for the manual started in February 2021. This was followed by over 20 virtual stakeholder consultations, including urban local bodies, recyclers, businesses, civil society organizations and academia, led by UNDP.

The format included expert interviews, focused group discussions and technical workshops in 14 Indian cities and 4 Southeast Asian cities. The handbook presents best practices and examples from cities in India and Southeast Asia facing similar infrastructure and plastic waste challenges, read the press release.

Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, said, “Urban local bodies across the country are under tremendous pressure to provide efficient waste disposal services amid the unprecedented urbanization India is experiencing. The country has made a leap in the plumbing sector and the like. “We need to create a massive Jan Andolanaround plastic waste management system to achieve full recycling of our waste.” He added: “The handbook covers key components for sustainable urban plastic waste management, including engineering models, recovery facilities, IEC and digitization, and good governance. “Dr. Rajeswara Rao, special secretary of NITI Aayog, said NITI Aayog has established 11 committees to promote circular economy in various areas of waste management.

“With the complete recycling of plastic waste, followed by the extraction of valuable materials and their mixing with new material, the transition to a circular economy in the plastic waste sector will be completed.” The promotion of entrepreneurial opportunities and the development of cooperatives for waste collectors are important initiatives for the formalization of informal workers in the Waste management sector. “RP Gupta, Secretary of the MoEFCC, emphasized:” Only about 9 percent of the plastic produced worldwide is recycled, about 12 percent is incinerated and energy is recovered, and about 79 percent of the rest ends up in land, water and ocean and pollutes them Environment. “He added,” Phasing out single-use plastic is critical and, as far as possible, eliminating plastic items for which there are alternatives using plastic and increasing the recycling of plastic waste, as well as ensuring that the K plastic waste is reduced to a minimum “.

Shoko Noda, Resident Representative, UNDP India, said that UNDP’s Plastic Waste Management program encourages the collection, separation and recycling of all types of plastic waste to protect our environment and create a circular economy for plastics.

“The program also ensures the well-being and financial inclusion of waste collectors, a key player in the waste value chain.” She added, “The program is aligned with the principles of Swachh Bharat Mission 2.0. We look forward to our findings from this handbook and provide urban authorities with replicable models. UNDP is determined and proud to partner with the Government of India, NITI Aayog, state governments and other development partners on this great initiative to ensure a sustainable plastic waste management. “(ANI)

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