Biruta also said that the Ministry of Environment and partners are in the process of revising the plastics law to reduce single use plastics and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of plastic recycling in the country.
As the globe is observing World Environment Day on Tuesday, several Indian celebrities joined hands in campaigning against single-use plastic. If you do get a plastic item, reuse it as many times as you can and then recycle it.
Earlier, Prof Francis Otunta, the Vice-chancellor of MOUAU, said that Nigeria had become over-reliant on the use of plastics for packaging.
Mr John Pwamang, Acting Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said the theme for the celebration was critical since it emphasised on the need to beat plastic out of the environment because the micro plastics were being emitted into the environment and causing health implications for the people.
"Our oceans have been used as a dumping ground, choking marine life and transforming some marine areas into a plastic soup", said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, in the report released in New Delhi.
Besides a problem with plastics, India is also home to some of the most polluted cities in the world. "Nigerians should individually and collectively reconsider their plastic habits by reducing the use of disposable plastics and using alternatives to plastics". While no single measure against pollution will be equally effective everywhere, the report outlines a set of universal steps for policymakers to tackle the issue in their communities.
Thirty percent of countries found sharp drops in plastic bag consumption in the first year after imposing restrictions, while 20% saw little or no change. "If present trends continue, by 2050", Guterres warned, "our oceans will have more plastic than fish".
Consultant with the IISc, Mr Mahesh Kashyap strongly recommends that e-commerce companies should stop excessive use of plastic for packaging.
Plastic clogging sewers - a major problem in Delhi and slums across the developing world - can spread disease or wind up in the stomachs of animals, the United Nations said.
THE Federal Government has disclosed that a National Policy on Plastic Waste management will be enacted soon as part of the efforts to mitigate environmental pollution in Nigeria.
About 25,000 tonnes of plastic waste is generated evey year in India, of which only 60 per cent, according to Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan, is recycled.