In a bid to acknowledge World Environment Day, Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change (MoEFCC) and the Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 3rd June 2018 at an event in New Delhi.
The MoU was signed to help to focus on waste management and resource efficiency.
The MoU to set up the resource efficiency cell at the ministry aims to provide significant resource efficiency in public policy besides serving as a platform for various ministries and agencies to promote resource efficiency in the use of materials in India.
An industry consortium on 'Waste-Proofing the Future' to identify the institutional and policy interventions needed to sustainably manage waste was also launched.
The consortium has been launched with eight members comprising Aditya Birla Group, RED FM, Dalmia (Bharat) Cement Ltd, Uflex Ltd and other enterprises.
India generates an estimated 32 million metric tons of packaging waste each year, of which plastic constitutes 16%. The unorganized collection of waste leads to cherry-picking of waste, with only 14% of plastic packaging being collected for recycling.
A TERI paper on 'Opportunities and Challenges of Plastics Waste Management' was released at the event. The paper states that households generate maximum plastic waste, of which water and soft drink bottles form a large number, in India.