Littered plastic bag garbage presents unhygienic scene.
The poly bags choke the drainage causing over flow of drains, it spreads waterborne diseases.
Animals, fish and marine species die of eating these poly bags
misunderstanding the plastic garbage as food item swallow them and die.
New Rules for Plastic Waste Management by Union Environment Ministry notified …..
To fix a minimum price for carry bags as well as ban the use of plastic sachets for storing, packing, or selling chewable tobacco.
Municipal authorities will have to notify the minimum price for carry bags taking into account factors such as size of the bags, material cost and waste management cost in order to encourage reuse and minimise waste.
A ban on plastic bags (below 20 microns) has already been imposed by various states and also in a few towns and districts in India. It is going to extend this to other parts of the country also.
Target Partners: Corporate, Line Agencies, Designers, Traders, local bodies
Plan for procurement and supply chain of poly bag alternatives.
The cost of such can be further subsidized by printing advertisements on the bag.
Lots of local industrial units are aggressively campaigning their brands
Large IEC materials are published by various Govt agencies at state and district level.
These together can significantly bring down the cost of alternative bags. The reusable bags can be encouraged from traditional materials by suitable advertisements to make it fashionable. This requires a district cell on bag designs involving local designers.
Rehabilitation of Plastic bag manufactures and dealers
Target partners : Local Bodies, traders, Bank, Industry Department
The rehabilitation plan should come out with some need assessment meeting
and analyzing the possible scope of their engagement in alternative packaging materials.
The district can facilitate capital mobilization for their engagement in alternative packaging trade or recycle business.
This could be a real good model of shifting them to the cause of No Polythene Campaign.