20 years back when we buy any products from shop they used give cloth bags(manja pai). To day even you order food to Take away(to go)they use atleast 10 plastic bags for sambar, chutney, rasam, buttermilkand vegetables so on.imagine how many plastic bags used in a busy restaurant or road side small hotels in india.
Hills of plastic garbages can be seen in any city town ,or village, of india,It is seen on the roads soil, residential areas, and even in Agricultural lands.What a pathetic situation?Envirement is polluted when these garbages are burnt.Recent report says even TAJ MAHAL’ s colour is Changing.
Plastic bags are a convenient way to carry.We use polythene bags for about 15 minutes but it takes 500 years to degrade. On an average every indian uses 200 plastic carry bags in a year. Indian roads streets drainages are filled with these bags.
Union tourism minister Mahesh Sharma recently visited heritage sites in Delhi and announced a ban on polythene at all national monuments, in an initiative to boost the government’s ‘Swachh Bharat, Swachh Smarak’ campaign.
Sharma, along with officials of the tourism ministry and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), visited the Red Fort, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutab Minar. In New delhi
He directed the officials to implement a complete ban on polythene at all monuments within a month and asked them to ensure cleanliness and availability of basic facilities such as toilets and cafeteria at the sites.
“Taking forward the Swachh Bharat Mission, the govt has decided to ban polythene at all national monuments and tourist destinations from Gandhi Jayanti this year,” Sharma said.
He said plastic bottles will not be banned, but tourists will be asked to place those in recycle bins.
With the trial phase of the initiative launched last month, the ban will be applicable in a 100-metre radius of the monuments.
It will be easier to implement this initiative as the monuments have security personnel who can check tourists at the entrance, Sharma said.
The initiative will be reviewed after a month to decide if there is any need to impose fines on the offenders, an official said.
The Centre had in March banned the manufacture of plastic bags of below 50 microns as these are difficult to dispose of thus posing a major threat to the environment.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had launched the Swachh Bharat Mission on October
Plastic bags pollute our land and water. Because they are so lightweight, plastic bags can travel long distances by wind and water. They litter our landscapes, get caught in fences and trees, float around in waterways, and can eventually make their way into the world’s oceans.
Plastic bags are made from non-renewable resources and contribute to climate change. The majority of plastic bags are made of polypropylene, a material that is made from petroleum and natural gas. Both of these materials are non-renewable fossil fuel-based resources and through their extraction and production, they create greenhouse gases, which contribute to global climate change.
Plastic bags never break down. Petroleum-based plastic bags do not truly degrade. What does occur is that when out in the environment, the plastic breaks up into tiny little pieces that end up in the ocean to be consumed by wildlife. Today, there are an estimated 46,000-1,000,000 plastic fragments floating within every square mile of our world’s oceans².
Plastic bags are harmful to wildlife and marine life.. it occured once a big whale was found dead in spain .when that was cut 50 kg plastic was in its intestine.
Plastic bags are not easy to recycle. As plastic bags tend to get caught in recycling machinery, most recycling facilities do not have the capacity to recycle plastic bags and therefore do not accept them. As a result, the actual recycling rate for plastic bags is about 5%.
Other governments are banning plastic bags, so yours should too… or at least make people pay for them. To date, more than 40 countries and municipalities around the world have instituted plastic bag bans. The United Nations Environmental Programme Secretariat has recommended a ban on all plastic bags globally.
For those governments that are opposed to full bans on plastic bags, another option is to institute a plastic bag tax, where consumers would pay a small fee .
It is the duty of every panchayats, municipalities and corporations to look in to this serious problem.Most
Importantly ONE should CHANGE.