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India: One of Twelve Nations Accounting for 60% of Global Mismanaged Plastic Waste

Published on April 15, 2024
Current Context: The “Plastic Overshoot Day” report by EA Earth Action, released on April 11, 2024, reveals that 12 countries, including India, are responsible for 60% of the world’s mismanaged plastic waste.
India: One of Twelve Nations Accounting for 60% of Global Mismanaged Plastic Waste
  • These countries include China, India, Russia, Brazil, Mexico, Vietnam, Iran, Indonesia, Egypt, Pakistan, the United States, and Turkey.
  • Despite having low per capita plastic waste production (8 kg per capita per year), India is projected to have high levels of mismanaged waste by 2024.
  • The country’s expected mismanaged waste in 2024 will be 7.4 million tons, which is considered "very high".
  • However, India’s mismanaged plastic waste will be less than one-fifth of China and one-third of the US.
  • The global plastic waste generation has increased by 7.11% since 2021, with an estimated 220 million tons of plastic waste generated this year.
  • Of this, 70 million tons will end up polluting the environment.
  • This report comes ahead of the fourth meeting of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC) in Ottawa, Canada, as world leaders attempt to develop a legally binding instrument to end plastic pollution.


Q.1 Which organization released the “Plastic Overshoot Day” report on April 11, 2024?
a. EA Earth Action
b. United Nations
c. Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee
d. World Health Organization
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