International Day of Zero Waste observed

International Day of Zero Waste observed
Source: File Photo

Islamabad (Web Desk): The International Day of Zero Waste was observed on Saturday across the globe including Pakistan.

On December 14, 2022, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution to proclaim March 30 as International Day of Zero Waste.

The day highlights both the importance of bolstering waste management globally and the need to promote sustainable consumption and production patterns.

In her message on the occasion, Punjab Chief Minister (CM) Maryam Nawaz said that every day should be observed as Zero Waste Day. 

She said that comprehensive waste management system is being introduced in all major cities of the province.

Maryam Nawaz said that for the first time, the Punjab government is devising a sustainable and effective system of village sanitation to provide clean environment to our future generations.

The Punjab CM said that people should adopt eco-friendly alternatives by reducing single-use plastics.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Every year, humanity generates between 2.1 billion and 2.3 billion tonnes of municipal solid waste. Some 2.7 billion people lack access to waste collection, 2 billion of whom live in rural areas.

Waste pollution significantly threatens human well-being, economic prosperity, and the triple planetary crisis of climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution.

Without urgent action, annual municipal solid waste generation will hit 3.8 billion tonnes by 2050.