Focussed on the litter around historic sites, India is making more than a token effort to reduce plastic waste.

As host of World Environment Day 2018, India wants to promote reduction of single-use plastic products. It has a goal to established 500-meter litter-free boundary around monuments, and also to make Agra completely free of plastic waste.

Image: Shutterstock India has pledged to clean up litter from 100 of its historic sites, including the Taj Mahal. As host of World Environment Day , the nation aims to establish a 500-metre litter-free boundary around monuments, starting with the Yamuna River behind the Taj Mahal in the city of Agra. It aims to make Agra, which is among the world’s top 10 most polluted cities , completely free of plastic waste. Volunteers will pick up litter and run campaigns to reduce the use of single-use products such as bottles and bags. Union Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Mahesh Sharma, said: “With our pledge today, India is sending a message to the world that we can beat plastic pollution . “We are committed to making the peripheries of 100 historic monuments in India litter free.”

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