Our oceans are drowning in litter, and by 2050, there might be more plastic in the ocean than fish. India was the host country for this year’s World Environment Day, putting a focus on the growing plastic pollution around the world, and especially in populous countries like India. In order to combat this problem, there must be more solutions for recycling plastic waste.
Norway is among the world’s leading ocean nations, and has long been focusing on ocean pollution and solutions for plastic waste recycling. Currently, more than 80 % of Norway’s waste is either recycled or used in waste-to-energy processes. Recently, the Norwegian bottle recycling company TOMRA visited India to introduce bottle recycling to the Indian market. As Norway recycles more than 95 % of all bottles, chances are big that this success could be transferred to India.
In relation to the World Environment Day, Ambassador Nils Ragnar Kamsvåg made several interviews to the media regarding Norway’s role in beating plastic pollution. "We find bits of plastic in every living being. Luckily, we have the technologies to resolve the issue. Before it is too late, we must start with reusing and recycling wherever possible." Ambassador Kamsvåg said at TERI's session at World Environment Day event in New Delhi. Norway’s focus on “reduce, reuse, recycle” of plastic was discussed in the Ambassador’s interview with WION. The Ambassador was also interviewed live by NDTV on how Norway is managing its plastic waste, and what India can learn from it. Watch the NDTV interview here.
India has still a long way to go to combat its pollution challenges, but yesterday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that India will abolish all single-use plastic within 2022. This is a first step for India towards beating plastic pollution!