Yamaha Motor India Group (YMIG) on Tuesday said it has organised numerous activities to create awareness amongst its employees to reduce plastic waste by avoiding using single-use plastic items on the occasion of World Environment day.
Elsewhere, however, things have not gone well and urgent action is needed.
A ban on disposable plastics in India's capital New Delhi has had only limited impact "because of poor enforcement", the report said. But the bags remain ubiquitous across the city, blowing in the wind, piled in ditches and readily offered in hundreds of thousands of shops.
"To beat plastic pollution, we need to entirely rethink our approach to designing, producing, and using plastic products", the World Environment Day website reads. Plastic bottles take 450 years or more to decompose, harming us and our environment.
Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Harsh Vardhan on Monday asked citizens to act upon laws enacted on pollution and environment-related matters. He praised India for its growing focus on environmental protection but also noted that while travelling in the country he'd seen "some of the most attractive scenic places, but destroyed by plastic pollution". "The problem is big but the ability to change is also big".
He suggested that Nigeria can toe this line by providing incentives such as tax breaks for companies to encourage recycling as well as to transform their production processes towards the production of biodegradable alternatives and also strictly enforcing legislation as part of a holistic programme for sustainably transforming their economy and banning all non-biodegradable plastics from the country. "Our experience says development can be environment friendly", he said.