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In the next 23 years, plastic waste will double in Uttarakhand: PB Report

In a survey conducted by Uttarakhand Environment Protection & Pollution Control Board (UEPPCB), it has been found out that average tonnes of plastic waste in Uttarakhand will double by 2041. According to the survey, in 2016-17  272.22 tonnes per day plastic is reported from the total waste which is going to increase to 457.63 tonnes in 2041. The staggering increase in plastic waste in the hill state of Uttarakhand will adversely effect the entire Himalayan ecology.

In the state, Dehradun is the topmost city to contribute the highest plastic percentage in the waste. The survey stated that 327.9 tonnes per day of plastic is added to the waste in the state capital which is going to increase to 584.051 tonnes per day. After Dehradun, Haridwar is the second with 236.5 tonnes a day. According to the environmentalists, increase in population and tourism are the two main causes behind the rapid increase in plastic waste in the state.

In 2015, Uttarakhand government issued a notification regarding ban of plastic in the state, however it could not been implemented effectively in the state. While the officers in Garhwal and Kumaon regions were still raiding shops and retailers, a comprehensive campaign is required to discourage people from plastic use.

Inputs from Hindustan Times