Africa became the leading and most significant dumping ground for plastics. Even the question raised for the United Nations members next week at a stock-taking on Earth environmental woes.
Places From Antananarivo to Dakar via Nairobi and Conakry, many African cities are in trauma by massive landfills where they measured the plastic waste, measured in the thousands of tones.
The dumps of plastics are smelly and dangerous because they release smoke and toxic particles. They are also a place where impoverished men, women and children pick through the filth to find enough to survive.
Mismanaged by the wind or cleaned downstream in rivers, plastic waste pollutes the sea, forests, and fields, threatening wildlife and eventually humans because microscopic particles enter the food chain.
According to ‘Hama Abdoulaye’s shepherd living near Niamey, the capital of the Sahel state of Niger, plastic bags are the leading killers of society.
“The animals of Africa chewing the plastic while they graze on the grass because they are unaware that this is dangerous for them, and many die because of this.”
The three days UN Environment Assembly is held in Nairobi on February 28, Monday and the UN Environment Program hosts it. They stated that plastic pollution in Africa is reviving, driven in part by poor rubbish collection and lack of recycling facilities in Africa.
As per the report, the problem increases the environmental threat and the continent’s economies.
According to the reports, some 300 million tones of plastic waste– the equivalent weight of the planet’s human population – are produced each year.
But globally, less than 10 percent is recycled, a figure that anecdotally is far smaller in Africa, although reliable statistics for the continent are rare.
According to ‘Ousmane Danbadji’, head of an NGO called the Niger Network for Water and Sanitation, if not take any step against them, then Africa would become a dustbin of plastic bags and waste.