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"Time has come for every individual to join the campaign to end single-use plastic and protect the environment".

The theme of this year's World Environment Day is "Beat Plastic Pollution".

On Twitter, Guterres pledged to abolish the use of plastic bottles in his office, and he did that starting on Monday, removing all plastic bottles from his office, conference rooms and Department for Public Information. More specifically, Mr. Guterres stated: "Our world is swamped by harmful plastic waste".

In accordance, this year's theme is "Beating Plastic Pollution", for which we are exploring green alternatives to reduce the usage of plastics across all our offices, dealers and service networks.

"Some 25,000 tonnes of plastic pollution is generated in the country every year of which only 60 per cent is processed while rest 40 per cent is pure litter..."

According to the bank, it aims to celebrate the World Environment Day (WED) 2018, and the World Ocean Day (WOD) by raising awareness of its own staff as well as engage key partners. "I would like to announce that MoD is committed in implementing the initiative to make it the first plastic bottle free ministry", said Dato Seri Paduka Awang Haji Suhaimi.

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"We solicit for your collaboration and support in educating and informing our people on the giant strides this administration is doing in the Environment sector".

Speaking last week at the launch of the National Environment Week, Environment Minister Dr Vincent Biruta noted that, around the world, nearly 450 million tons of plastic is produced every year.

"An average 13 million tonnes of plastic waste enter the water system around the world annually, resulting in pollution from drainages, rivers and seas and causing floods. These disposable plastics are known as "single use" plastics".

"Our oceans have been used as a dumping ground, choking marine life and transforming some marine areas into a plastic soup", said Erik Solheim, head of UN Environment, in the report released in New Delhi. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish.

The Minister said plastic menace was not only an environmental issue, but also a major socio-economic development challenge and clearly among the tragedies of the 21st century. "If we don't eliminate and significantly reduce plastic packaging and single use plastics this problem won't be fixed", says Hunter. The target of this year's United Nations campaign is to make sure that people around the world are free of the over-consumption and reliance of single-use plastics.