National Circular Economy Roadmap to Reduce Plastic Waste
Union Minister Dr. Jitendra Singh unveiled the ‘National Circular Economy Roadmap for reduction of Plastic waste in India,’ a collaborative effort between leading research institutions in India and Australia. The document aims to establish research and industry partnerships to develop a roadmap for India’s transition to a circular economy in the plastics sector.
Global Collaboration for a Plastic-Free Future
India and Australia actively participate in negotiations for the formulation of a Global Plastics Treaty, scheduled for finalization next year. The collaboration between the two countries focuses on utilizing their strengths in waste management, recycling policies, and environmental initiatives to promote a circular economy, emphasizing resource efficiency and environmental protection.
The Minister highlighted various initiatives by India’s Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR), including technologies aimed at reducing carbon footprint and recycling. Notable projects include the ‘Recycling on Wheels’ bus, developed by the Department of Science and Technology, Technology Development Board, and CSIR, which generates wealth from waste through mobility.
Government Policies and Initiatives
The Government of India has been actively formulating policies and promoting projects to steer the country toward a circular economy. Various rules, including Plastic Waste Management Rules, e-Waste Management Rules, and Metals Recycling Policy, have been implemented to address plastic waste challenges and promote responsible waste management practices.
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