AP will be plastic-free by 2027

Visakhapatnam: The Andhra Pradesh government is striving to make the state plastic-free by 2027 and would set an example in the country, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has said.

Exchanging a memorandum of understanding with New York-based NGO Parley for the Oceans at the Andhra University Convention Center on Friday, the CM said plastic hoses had been banned with immediate effect and should be replaced with plastic hoses. fabric as a first step towards eradicating plastic.

Jagan Mohan Reddy said the environment and the economy are two sides of the same coin and stressed the need for long-term goals.

Moreover, he said that 70% of the oxygen on earth comes from marine plants and the rest from the forest. He said people should be aware of the facts and consider measures to preserve the environment.

The Chief Minister said that plastic litter is spreading up to 40-50 km into the sea and the government of Andhra Pradesh is taking action to find a permanent solution to curb it. In this context, the government has joined forces with the Global Alliance for a Sustainable Planet (GASP) and Parley for the Oceans.

The Chief Minister announced the opening of the Parley Future Institute in Visakhapatnam. The research work needed to find an alternative material for plastic incorporating the latest methods will be carried out at the institute, he added.

Likewise, a recycling and upcycling center will be set up in AP to make recycled products such as shoes and eyewear from plastic waste, Jagan Mohan Reddy said. Under the project, Rs 16,000 crore would be invested over the next six years and about 20,000 locals would be employed there.

Earlier, the CM visited exhibition stands set up by Parley and GVMC and tried on a pair of sunglasses. The CM has also shown keen interest in knowing the details of other products made from recycled plastic waste, including shoes.

Speaking on the occasion, Minister of Municipal Administration and Urban Development Audimulapu Suresh said inspired by the mega beach clean-up campaign held in Vizag, the state government is planning to hold a even bigger event on the AP coast, involving 2.5 lakh volunteers. Former NITI Vice President Aayog Rajeev Kumar, GASP General Secretary Satya S Tripathi, Parle for the Oceans CEO Cyrill Gutsch, Ministers B Mutyala Naidu, G Amarnath and V Rajini, MPs, MLCs and MLA were present.

Christy J. Olson