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COURSE TOPIC THE HINDU EDITORIAL TIMES 13 - JUNE - 2018
TITLE A PLASTIC CHARTER
HEADLINE Mandatory segregation and recycling of plastic waste must be implemented before it is eventually phased out
A PLASTIC CHARTER Every piece of plastic ever disposed of (this includes the toothbrush your great- grandfather used) is damaging the earth. It's lying somewhere in the earth, floating in the ocean, or been broken down into micro-particles and in the food chain The best way to reduce plastic pollution is to reduce and phase out its consumption. Solutions range from carrying your own reusable steel glass, box, spoon and cloth bag while eating out or shopping for groceries to using alternatives to plastic for household items
A PLASTIC CHARTER Rules And Results India's Plastic Waste Management Rules (published in March 2016) called for a ban on plastic bags below 50 micron thickness and a phasing out, within two years, of the manufacture and sale of non-recyclable, multi-layered plastic (plastic that snacks come in). More than 20 Indian States have announced a ban on plastic bags Cities such as Bengaluru announced a complete ban (gazette notification), in 2016 the manufacture, supply, sale and use of thermocol and plastic items irrespective of thickness
A PLASTIC CHARTER Rules And Results " These include carry bags, banners, buntings, flex, flags, plates, clips, spoons, cling films and plastic sheets used while dining. The exceptions are plastic for export, packaging material for use in forestry, milk packets and hospitals. There are stiff fines that cover manufacturing and disposal However, a Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) report has said that this ban is barely effective Citizens need to be aware of these rules, governments need to work with citizens to collect fines and companies need to be held accountable in terms of their environmental and social responsibilities.
A PLASTIC CHARTER Rules And Results We also need strategies to deal with the plastic that has already been disposed of.The same report says that India generates an estimated 16 lakh tonnes of plastic waste annually. If sold at the global average rate of 50 cents a kg, it can generate a revenue of R5,600 crore a year The primary responsibility for collection of used plastic and multi-layered plastic sachets (branded chips, biscuit and snack packets) lies with their producers, importers and brand owner
A PLASTIC CHARTER Conclusion It is time we rethink, reduce, segregate and recycle every time we encounter a piece of plastic so that it stops damaging our environment and our lives.
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