India and Australia Collab for Reduction of Plastic Waste

  • A document on ‘National Circular Economy Roadmap for reduction of Plastic waste in India’, was released.
  • By Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh.
  • It is a collaborative exercise between leading research institutions from India and Australia.
  • Aims to foster research and industry partnerships between the two countries and co-develop a roadmap for India’s transition to a circular economy in the Plastics sector.


  • India and Australia are active participants in the negotiations for the formulation of a Global Plastics Treaty to be finalized next year.
  • Both countries aim to leverage their respective strengths in waste management, recycling policies, and environmental initiatives.
  • To foster a circular economy that prioritizes resource efficiency and environmental protection.
  • The present research commenced in July 2020 as part of the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership announced by the Indian and Australian Prime Ministers in June 2020.

Other Developments:

  • Department of Science and Technology, Technology Development Board and CSIR recently launched the ‘Recycling on Wheels’ bus, which can generate Waste to Wealth at different spots.
  • Dehradun-based Indian Institute of Petroleum (CSIR-IIP) has jointly developed a Repurposed Used Cooking Oil (RUCO) van that collects used cooking oil and converts it into biofuel.
  • CSIR- Central Road Research Institute (CRRI), New Delhi has pioneered the development of a revolutionary Steel slag road technology which facilitates the large-scale utilization of waste steel slag of steel plants in road construction.
  • At India’s initiative, the Global Biofuels Alliance was set up on the sidelines of the G20 Summit.
  • Plastic Waste Management Rules in 2016 have led to a raft of measures directed at municipal, industry, residential and commercial players.
Posted in Current Affairs.