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Plastic waste is a key societal challenge; in this context discuss the challenges and opportunities of plastics management.

Topic: Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.

5. Plastic waste is a key societal challenge; in this context discuss the challenges and opportunities of plastics management. (250 words)

Reference:  The Hindu

Why the question:

The Plastic pact model to address plastic pollution is now being brought to India by CII and WWF India.

Key Demand of the question:

Answer must present a detailed analysis of the plastic waste issue and solutions offered by plastic pact model.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you have to debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You have to give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly present the menace of plastic wastes globally.

Body:

The answer body must have the following aspects covered:

Why plastic waste needs to be managed? – A 2019 report by the Center for International Environment Law suggest that by 2050 Greenhouse Gas emission from plastic could reach over 56 gigatonnes. Similarly, the report Closing the Plastics Circulatory gap by Google suggest that without a large scale intervention we will be mismanaging more than 7.7 billion metric tonnes of plastic waste globally in the next 20 years.

Explain in what way Plastic waste is a key societal challenge.

Discuss the challenges and opportunities of plastics management.

Conclusion:

Conclude with solutions.