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World Environment Day: The menace called plastic

World Environment Day: The menace called plastic

World Environment Day: The menace called plastic
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By AP Jun 5, 2018 12:14:16 PM IST (Published)

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India is celebrating World Environment Day on Tuesday, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), on the theme “Beat Plastic Pollution.” India and its neighboring countries Nepal and Bangladesh are polluted with the over use of plastics and the menace is far from getting over. These pictures are just the tip of a plastic infested iceberg. Image Source: Associated Press (AP)

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Members of National Green Corps clean up plastic garbage along the Musi river in Hyderabad, on June 3, 2018. India is the global host for the forthcoming environmental day celebrations on June 5, 2018, with a theme 'Beat Plastic Pollution' and launched an awareness program on environmental protection. (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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In this photo taken on May 28, 2018, Ram Nath, 40, who makes a living from recycling trash, rummages for plastic bottles and other reusable trash while rowing a makeshift boat through murky waters of Yamuna, country's sacred river that flows through the capital of New Delhi. India produces more than 68 million tonne of trash every day. More than 17,000 tonne of it is plastic. That requires immense dumps, which in cities like New Delhi, mean hills of stinking trash up to 50 meters tall. Last year, two people were killed when a large part of one of the city’s dumps crashed down onto them. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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In this photo taken on June 1, 2018, young girls climb down from a heap of plastic garbage, near a garbage dump in New Delhi. India will host UN World Environment Day on June 5. This year’s theme is “Beat Plastic Pollution.” (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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In this photo taken on June 1, 2018, a young girls walks past a heap of plastic garbage which is to be sold to recyclers, near a garbage dump in New Delhi. India will host UN World Environment Day on June 5. This year’s theme is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

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An Indian rag picker looks for reusable material on a mound of garbage filled with plastic bags by the side of a road side in Allahabad, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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UN Environment chief Erik Solheim shakes hands with Rajeshwari Singh, who has walked 1,100 kilometers (684 miles) from Vadodara to New Delhi spreading the awareness for a plastic free future, during a function to felicitate her contribution in New Delhi on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Manish Swarup)

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In this photo taken on June 3, 2018, pigs and cows feed off garbage dumped by the side of a road in Allahabad. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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In this photo taken on June 3, 2018, a rag picker sorts a mound of plastic bottles in Allahabad. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)

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Garbage chokes a polluted canal in Mumbai on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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Nepalese workers segregate plastic waste for recycling at a junkyard in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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Nepalese workers segregate plastic waste for recycling at a junkyard in Kathmandu, Nepal, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha)

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An egret looks for food in a polluted canal choked with plastic bags in Mumbai, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool)

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A Bangladeshi boy collects plastic strips after washing them in the river Buriganga in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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A train runs over the garbage choked the Hussain sagar lake in Hyderabad, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A.)

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A Bangladeshi man washes plastic strips in the river Buriganga in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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A Bangladeshi rag picker collects plastic recyclable material by the river Buriganga on the eve of World Environment Day in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 4, 2018. (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Bangladeshi work in a plastic packet manufacturing factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Bangladeshi men wash plastic strips in the river Buriganga in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Bangladeshi people walk across a bridge on the river Buriganga, choked with plastic and other waste, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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Bangladeshi children sit on garbage piled up by the river Buriganga in Hazaribagh area in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on June 4, 2018. The theme for this year's World Environment Day, marked on June 5, is 'Beat Plastic Pollution.' (AP Photo/A.M. Ahad)

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