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Countdown has already started phasing out plastic bags with 10 stores no longer selling plastic bags, and is going to remove plastic packaging from hundreds of its in-house products within seven years.

The event emphasised the role of schools, colleges and universities in protecting nature and environment as well as beating plastic pollution, stated another official release.

However, the report also cites a fundamental need for broader cooperation from business and private sector stakeholders, offering a roadmap for upstream solutions, including extended producer responsibility and incentives for adoption of a more circular economy approach to plastic production and consumption.

According to the bank, it aims to celebrate the World Environment Day (WED) 2018, and the World Ocean Day (WOD) by raising awareness of its own staff as well as engage key partners. Plastic in oceans is likely to outweigh fishes by 2050.

He said that Egypt consumes 12 billion tons of single-use plastic bags annually, at a cost of LE 2 billion, adding that the agency tends to reduce the use of plastic bags through encouraging producers to manufacture disposable and paper bags.

This World Environment Day UN Environment is asking you, companies and civil society groups, to take a concrete action to Beat Plastic Pollution. They promise to make this the largest and most substantial World Environment Day ever.

Plastic and glass waste lies on the ground during the Day of San Sebastian in the Basque coastal town of San Sebastian, Spain, January 20, 2018.

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India produces about 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste every year.

"Beating single-use plastics can be possible only if factories make items, which can be used a couple of times".

In an edit-piece published in English daily Hindustan Times, India's Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan said that today plastic was littering the shorelines and clogging some beaches totally.

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is calling for collective action to reduce the pressing environmental and health challenges posed by plastic waste. "If we work together we can make our vision our reality". Except for this move, Narendra Modi announced a national marine litter campaign and a programme to measure how much plastic enters India's coastal waters.

According to statistics released by United Nations, one million plastic bottle drinks are bought every 60 seconds globally.

Plastic pollution is affecting even remote areas of the planet, including the Artic.