Every one of India’s 1.3 billion people uses an average 11kg of plastic each year. After being used, much of this plastic finds its way to the Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean, where it hurts marine wildlife.
Last summer Kerala’s fisheries minister J. Mercykutty Amma started a scheme to trains fishermen to collect the plastic and bring it back to shore.
The plastic is converted into material that is used for road surfacing. There are more than 34,000km of plastic roads in India, mostly in rural areas. Using recycled plastic is a cheaper alternative to conventional plastic additives for road surfaces. Every kilometre of plastic road uses the equivalent of a million plastic bags.
Source: World Economic Forum