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Govt to launch plastic waste collection drive from September 11

To collect 10,000 tons of plastic by Gandhi Jayanti for recycling and disposal by October 2.

, ET Bureau|
Aug 29, 2019, 07.14 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh legislatively has also announced a ban on single use plastic and many other states are set to follow suit.
With Prime Minister Narendra Modi having announced a target to cut down use of single use plastic by 2020, the entire government machinery is set to swing into action to make it happen.

The first target date is October 2- the 150th birth anniversary commemoration of Mahatma Gandhi.

The Centre has decided that 10,000 tonnes of single use plastic items will be collected from all over the country and put out of use by October 2 this year, ET has learnt.

At an inter ministerial meeting held earlier this week in New Delhi, it was decided that all governments departments and all bodies organisations under them will launch a country wide mega campaign starting September 11 towards completely cutting down use of single use plastic.

The 10,000 tons will be disposed off and a significant amount of this plastic waste will also be recycled and reused. It is gathered that some of the waste collected will be put to use through various technologies for road construction as well for creating a cement mix which can be used for overall construction work.

It was decided at the meeting that each ministry will launch a series of initiatives to generate awareness towards discontinuing use of all single use plastic. Among planned steps are complete discontinuation of single use plastic water bottles, replacing milk packets with other alternatives, replacing plastic bags with jute and cloth bags across stores.

The meeting was coordinated by the Department of Drinking water and sanitation which will spearhead the plastic ban campaign.

ET gathers that a series of directions will be issued to all educational institutes to stop sale and packaging in single use plastic. While the University Grants Commission and Central Board of Secondary Education (CSBE) are expected to issue circular to colleges and schools on the same, there is even greater focus on taking the message to the general public.

School and college students will be exhorted to ensure that their homes become free of single use plastic by October 2.

That apart, the Unnat Bharat Abhiyan of the Union Human Resource Development ministry where top institutes work with 11,000 plus villages to find sustainable solutions to local problems will also get involved in the plastic ban initiative.

It is aimed that all 11,000 villages should be made completely free of single use plastic by Gandhi Jayanti.

The move follows from the PM’s address on August 15 where he urged citizens “to give up single-use plastic”. He reiterated the message at the G 7 meeting as well as in his ‘Mann ki Baat’ address this week where he asked all municipalities, municipal corporations, District Administration, Gram Panchayats, government and non governmental bodies and corporates to collect, store and help dispose all accumulated plastic in a responsible manner.

The cue has already been taken.

The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has written an open letter to corporates and manufactures to contribute to the mission and change production mechansims accordingly.

Railways have begun to do the same across its various circles. Uttar Pradesh legislatively has also announced a ban on single use plastic and many other states are set to follow suit. Celebrities like Aamir Khan have also backed the PM’s initiative.
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