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Circular economy roadmap for reducing plastic waste in India

An international team of Australian and Indian research institutes have released a roadmap to significantly reduce plastic waste in India. 

The National Circular Economy Roadmap for Reducing Plastic Waste in India highlights future pathways to increase the repair, re-use and recycling of India's plastic waste.

The roadmap was produced as part of an Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership involving the CSIRO, the University of New South Wales, the University of Technology Sydney Institute for Sustainable Futures, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research-National Environmental Engineering Research Institute (CSIR-NEERI) and Development Alternatives.

Heinz Schandl, who leads CSIRO’s Circular Economy for Missions initiative, said building a circular economy in India would create value from plastic waste, and prevent it polluting the environment. 

“The findings in the roadmap indicate that by 2035, two thirds of all plastics used could be recycled, and single-use plastics could be phased out, resulting in a significant reduction of waste ending up in landfill and the environment,” Dr Schandl said.

“The roadmap also shows that diverting plastic waste into resources would lead to a cleaner environment, with 20-50 per cent less greenhouse emissions, and improved air quality.”

The roadmap highlights strategies to achieve this, which includes investment in infrastructure, improved recycling capability, consistent compliance, increased commercial viability of technologies, uptake of secondary materials, sustainable consumption, and circular design and production to reduce waste.

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