IlO chief calls for urgent action against plastic

IlO chief calls for urgent action against plastic

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IlO chief calls for urgent action against plastic
Geneva, June 5 (IANS) Plastic has become the workhorse of the modern economy and provides significant benefits but the current use has many drawbacks, International labour Organization (IlO) Director General Guy Ryder has said.
He said in a statement, released before World Environment Day: "More than 32 per cent of plastic packaging escapes collection systems. Most of it ends up in landfills, dumps or simply in the environment -- in cities, in the oceans or farmlands", Xinhua reported
The IlO head on Monday said that the challenge is to transform the "make-use-dispose" plastics' economy into a circular economy, based on recycling.
"We also need to reduce our consumption of single-use or disposable plastic," he said.
This will not only reduce the environmental damage that plastic pollution is causing but will also open new opportunities for decent work.
The IlO's World Employment and Social Outlook: Greening with Jobs 2018 report suggests that a sustained 5 per cent annual increase in recycling rates for plastics, glass, wood pulp, metals, and minerals can generate around 6 million additional jobs across the world.
The waste management and recycling sector already employs over 500,000 people in Brazil and about the same number of workers in Bangladesh with the majority women, said the IlO.
However, the IlO said the "sad reality" is that the handling of plastic waste, as well as e-waste and other fast-growing solid waste streams, remains largely part of the informal economy in many countries.
"Workers face serious decent work deficits, such as work-related hazards, discrimination, stigmatisation, violence and harassment, low earnings and long working hours," said Ryder.
They often are not legally registered and are not protected by labour laws, with no access to social protection benefits.
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