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The target of this year's United Nations campaign is to make sure that people around the world are free of the over-consumption and reliance of single-use plastics.

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There is a rubbish truck full of plastic entering our oceans every minute, with plastic packaging use predicted to double by 2020 and quadruple by 2050, while globally, the level of recycling is only around 14% - it's clear we can not recycle our way out of this problem. The United Nations Environmental Chief writes, "We urgently need consumers, business, and governments to cut consumption of single-use, throwaway plastics".

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Guterres, who stated this in his message for World Environment Day, marked on June 5, said the world was being "swamped" by harmful plastic waste.

This was contained in a statement to mark the 2018 World Environment Day with the theme "Beat Plastic Pollution: If You Can't Reuse it, Refuse it" signed by the national president, Ahmed Sanda and the publicity coordinator, Engr Mamoud Abubakar.

Around the world, 1 million plastic drinking bottles are purchased every minute, and every year, up to 5 trillion disposable plastic bags are used.

Almost one third of used plastic packaging escapes collection systems, which means it ends up clogging the world's city streets and polluting the natural environment. If present trends continue, by 2050 our oceans will have more plastic than fish.

Since it was first celebrated in 1974, the Day has helped raise awareness and generate political momentum around global environmental concerns such as ozone depletion, desertification and global warming.

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