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"Plastic pollution is already having a deadly impact on our ecosystem", the prime minister said while addressing the plenary session of the World Environment Day at Vigyan Bhawan here. "Together, let us ensure that our future generations live in a clean and green planet, in harmony with nature", he said in a tweet.

Rwanda on May 29 launched the national environment week featuring different awareness activities aimed at addressing plastic pollution, such as countrywide inspection of the illegal use of plastic bags and exhibition on plastic recycling.

After chairing a meeting of environmental experts and top government officials on the topic, President Nicos Anastasiades said in a statement that he gave instructions for Cyprus to play a bigger role in a part of the world that's particularly susceptible to climate change.

More than 64,000 tonnes of plastic packaging is disposed of in household general waste bins and sent to landfill in Scotland each year, costing around £11 million.

The participants pledged to beat the menace of plastic pollution, a release from the organisers said. "If you become warriors of "beat plastic pollution" with me, we can get rid of single-use plastic items in the country by 2022", said Vardhan said.

"Beat Plastic Pollution" is the theme of this year's United Nations World Environment Day, Tuesday. And one out of five plastic bottles is recycled.

Plastic litters beaches, blocks drains and harms wildlife, with an estimated 100,000 marine animals killed each year, as well as turning up in food and is found in 90% of bottled water.

The AfDB considers over-reliance on plastics as a major environmental challenge, especially considering the pollution that comes with badly managed plastic waste. Almost one third of plastic packaging used globally escapes collection systems, Zero Waste Scotland reports. The United Nations Organisation is in the forefront of urging governments, industries, communities and individuals to unite and fight against plastic products and explore options that are sustainable and environment friendly. This should be started from our youth and students by making it part of our syllabus highlighting in detail how these plastic bags pose many a risk to our health and environment at large.

Plastic can persist in the environment for almost a thousand years before it fully disintegrates and keeping this in mind, many organisations and governments are looking for alternatives to tackle this problem.

One of such alternatives he said would be encouraging the use of paper bags as alternatives to plastic bags.