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Plastic pollution, a looming threat to humans, wildlife, aquatic creatures

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By Fakhar Alam

ISLAMABAD, Jun 23 (APP):The large-scale production and an excessive use of plastic products have created enormous environmental challenges to humans, wildlife and aquatic creatures world-wide. The experts feared that plastic waste in canals, rivers and oceans would significantly decreased production of fish and other marine species in next 30 years if its dumping continues at such alarming scale.

Every year, approximately 500 billion plastic bags were used including 50pc one time globally where about eight million tons plastic ends up in canals, rivers and oceans, which is equivalent to a truck filled with garbage every minute worldwide.

Interestingly, 60 million plastic bags was being bought per hour, and only 14pc of the total used was recycled while the rest was disposed into oceans, rivers and soils, according to UN Environment Program.

Dr Khaista Gul, senior Analyst Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Govt of KP told APP that polythene plastic bags were major contributors to plastic pollution since these bags have made their way to the market in 1960. In Pakistan where around three to five billion plastic bags were produced per year, thus contributing to nine percent plastic waste out of about 30 million tons solid waste generated in the country.

He said 6000 plastic factories were operating in the country, mostly located in the Punjab (60%) followed by Sindh (30%), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (7%) and Balochistan (3%), adding 18 registered plastic manufacture companies besides dozens others unregistered were operating in Peshawar.

“We have asked plastic companies to use one percent ‘D2W’ chemical in plastic bags an........