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India's Prime Minister Announces Plan To Eliminate Single-Use Plastic By 2022

By Aimee Lutkin

On Tuesday, Narendra Modi, India's prime minister, announced a plan for the country to completely eliminate all single-use plastic by 2022, the Guardian reports. The decision was revealed at a World Environment Day summit hosted by the PM in New Delhi. 

Countries around the world have been making similar pledges, but India has one of the fastest growing economies in the world, and 1.3 billion people.

That many people produce 25,000 metric tons of plastic per day, according to the Independent. The government claims that 60 percent of this plastic is recycled, but outside agencies estimate it's closer to 40 percent.