Nuisance caused by plastic packets; More needs to be done

What the ministry of environment and forests says

What the ministry of environment and forests says

 

Now a days in India you have to pay at many of the major retail outlets for carry on plastic packets. This initiative from the ministry of Environment and Forests is good in intent but will not produce results unless means are identified to restrict the use of plastic packets in the smaller shops. Most Indians do not throw away the plastic packets from big retail stores. They store them to make use of them when and wherever necessary. But the low micron plastic packets (plastic er tholi) from sweet shops, stationary shops et cetera cause most of the pollution and blocked drainage systems. A picture of any landfill or garbage dump in and around Indian cities and towns serves as evidence. Perhaps cities and towns should start to follow Siliguri’s way that is ban small micron plastic packets. For a state like West Bengal, jute bags will be an good substitute although they will never be of as much convenience as their plastic cousins.

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