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India reports plastic waste and recycling statistics

By: Satnam Singh

May 1, 2013

NEW DELHI — India generates 5.6 million metric tons of plastic waste annually, with Delhi generating the most of at municipality at 689.5 metric tons every day, according to a report from the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB).

About 60 percent of the total — or 9,205 metric tons per day — is recycled.

CPCB was asked to study plastic waste generation by India's Supreme Court, which is continuing to discourage the sale of gutka — a popular stimulant consisting of crushed betel nut, chewing tobacco and other flavorings — in plastic pouches.

CPCB submitted the report to the Indian Supreme Court, which said, "We are sitting on a plastic time bomb."

The court asked authorities in five cities — Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Faridabad and Bangalore — "to submit reports on the steps taken to contain dumping of plastic waste and implementing the ban on gutka."