- 5000 kg stays single use
- Manufacture, sale and use of single use polythene continues indiscriminately
Nagpur, We are neither improving nor are the shopkeepers. Customers demand polythene, shopkeepers provide it. We are playing a lot with our creation in front of convenience. Knowingly or unknowingly, they are posing a threat to the future. This plastic is responsible for the floods and overflows in the rainy season. They keep on giving a lot of speeches, but the fascination of plastic does not leave us. Be it home-office or small street shops or roadside carts, hundreds of kilograms of plastic and polythene are coming out as waste every day.
Alam is that if a drain or drain gets clogged, then 80 percent of the waste in it is plastic. Of this, 30 percent comes out of homes. People are using things made of plastic and polythene in some form or the other so much that a big threat has been created for the environment. Single use plastic is being banned from July 1, but still the era of ‘speeches’ is going on. Will the situation improve after the ban? This is a big question mark.
business of capture and recovery
Every day the team of Municipal Corporation takes action against the traders and imposes fines on the shops. Despite this, neither the production nor the supply chain was stopped. Everyone knows where the goods are coming from and where they are being sold but everyone remains silent on this issue. There is also a ban on the production of single use plastic in Maharashtra. Despite this, the arrival of plastic takes everyone by surprise. Companies are also producing bindas.
How to become a zero polythene city
About 40-50 tonnes (50,000 kg) of plastic waste is generated in the city every day. Its disposal has become very difficult. Burning them would pollute the air and burying them in the ground would pollute the soil. During the rains, most of the drains of the city are also getting blocked due to this. Due to this, there are many challenges in the path of Zero Polythene City. No arrangement has been made for its disposal. The Prime Minister himself has spoken of a complete ban again from July 1, it is no less a big challenge for the officials.
Beggars, the mercy of the junkers
Kaustubh Chatterjee, an expert on environmental issues, says that out of about 40-50 metric tonnes of plastic daily, 10-15 tonnes of plastic are collected by beggars and waste pickers and given to junkyards. Society should be indebted to them. Today the situation in Bhandewadi has gone from bad to worse because no arrangement has been made to dispose the plastic waste. Mountains are being formed. If alternative arrangements are not made at the earliest, then the situation will become more dire in the coming time. The time has come for the competent and responsible department to take drastic steps.
Bottle, disposable, snack waste
In addition to single-use polythene, plastic water bottles, disposables, plates and snacks like thick polythene waste like namkeen, mixture etc. It is being used in every small and big shop to small handcarts as well. Plastic water bottles small and big are being used from home to office and in marriage programs.
Although there are more than 400 factories in the district, most of the units have stopped production. Plastic products are being produced as per the standard, but if the experts are to be believed, there are still 50-75 such companies in the city which are producing single use plastic. They sell through hidden networks. If caught, they are released after paying a fine. Similarly, plastic is being imported on a large scale from Gujarat. The officers have full information but they are not caught.
In 2018, the standard of 50 microns was set for polythene. Under this, thin polythene was completely banned. Despite this, it is available everywhere in the market. Single use is being stopped from July 1, while from January 1, manufacturing of plastic products up to 120 microns will be banned.
plastic waste coming from here
General Store – Items made of plastic and polythene packaging.
Small shops – snacks items, wafers, chips, mixtures, disposables, water bottles, water pouches, cold drinks, milk etc.
– Pan shop – Gutkha, pan masala sachets, foil of Kharra.
– Restaurants and hotels – packaging of food in silver colored polythene, plastic utensils, plates, spoons etc.
Prog-spooner- Plastic plate, glass, spoon.
Vegetable Market, Mutton Market- Polythene.
Dairy- Milk, Lassi, Shrikhand, Matha, Bread and other bakery items.
Medical stores and hospitals – cans of medicines, saline and other materials.
These things will be banned, orders after July 1
According to Rule 4, 2 of the Plastic Waste Management Rules 2016, the product, import, stocking, supply and sale and use of polystyrene is being banned under which a fine of one lakh and a fine of 5 years under section 15 of the Environment Protection Act 1986. There is a provision for imprisonment. From the confiscation action to the closure of the establishment. Before July 1, an awareness program was to be run for the prevention of single use plastic.
1. Thermocol cups, plates, glasses and bowls
2. Plastic Banners
3. Plastic cup plate, glass, bowl, fork, spoon
4. Plastic decoration material
5. Plastic Layered Paper Plates
6. Ear Buds, Balloons, Flags,
7. Plate, Cup, Glass, Spoon, Knife, Straw
8. Water Pouches and Packets
9. Tray-like cutlery, film wrapping or packing around sweet boxes, invitation cards and cigarette packets, plastic or PVC banners with a thickness of less than 100 microns, stirrers.