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UGC pushes universities and colleges to work toward banning single-use plastics

UGC pushes universities and colleges to work toward banning single-use plastics

The move comes ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow on October 31. End of 2022 is the date set by the Union government for banning various plastic products. These items are listed in the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules 2021. Over 50,000 colleges and universities serve over 37 million students. An official says adopting eco-friendly practices will help. The Glasgow meeting will likely focus on reducing emissions, both individually and collectively.

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  • The move comes ahead of the COP26 meeting in Glasgow on October 31.
  • End of 2022 is the date set by the Union government for banning various plastic products.
  • These items are listed in the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules 2021.
  • Over 50,000 colleges and universities serve over 37 million students.
  • An official says adopting eco-friendly practices will help.
  • The Glasgow meeting will likely focus on reducing emissions, both individually and collectively.
  • The UN, country representatives, and experts will try to reach an agreement on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and collaboration, according to an official.

It has been requested that universities and colleges work toward banning single-use plastics ahead of a federal ban on these items planned for 2022, according to the regulator for higher education.

Ahead of the COP26 meeting, which begins on October 31 in Glasgow, the UN, country representatives, and experts will try to reach an agreement on climate change mitigation, adaptation, and collaboration.

It was stated in a letter from the UGC that all universities and affiliated colleges and institutes were requested to make the awareness program impact fully in order to avoid the use of single-use plastics and have maximum visibility…and share action report.

It was reported by the higher education regulator that the government has begun a 75-week campaign to recognize and honor the nation’s and its people’s achievements. An awareness-raising campaign aimed at reducing the use of single-use plastics has been designated as one of several themes, the UGC said.

It also shared the Plastic Waste Management Amendment Rules 2021, which outlined the items that must be prohibited because they have “low utility and high littering potential.”

From now until the end of 2022, all plastic products will be banned by Union law. This ban will apply to products made or imported as well as those sold or used. As of the end of September, plastic carry bags can have a maximum thickness of 75 microns, and that will increase to 120 microns by the end of 2022.

By 2022, all items with a thinness of less than 100 microns will be banned, including plastic flags and polystyrene (thermocol) for decoration. This ban will also extend to single-use plates, cups, glasses, and cutlery, as well as wrapping films around sweet boxes, invitation cards, and cigarette packets.

To help the environment, India’s over 50,000 colleges and universities educate over 37 million students. If students adopt environmentally friendly behaviors, the country will benefit greatly. As a result, it will have a ripple effect on communities near educational institutions as well as families. Officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they didn’t want to give away any information.

According to the official, banning single-use plastic is a hot topic across countries, with debate raging over possible replacements. Climate risk mitigation measures, country responsibility, and individual and collective efforts to reduce emissions, adopt clean energy sources, and practice environmentally friendly behavior will be discussed during the 13-day Glasgow summit.

Educational institutions may not be major emitters of greenhouse gases, but they play a crucial role in bringing about positive change not only in young people, but also in the businesses where they will work in the future as employees. There has been an increase in climate risk mitigation impact and demand since the 2015 Paris Agreement, particularly following the recent pandemic outbreak, according to the official.

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