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Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said recently that ridding the country of single use plastic by 2022 will be “Clean India (Swachh Bharat) Part 2.

First part of Clean India Programme was building 100 million toilets. He added that the government will conduct a mega public outreach programme in the next three years to achieve the target. The environment ministry has already directed over 500 national parks, zoos and wildlife sanctuaries across the country to become single use plastic free.

The government is focussing on instilling behavioural changes among people to shun plastic and various ministries and government bodies are working towards it.

Everyday, 30,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated in the country. Of this, 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste do not get collected.

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