Plastic waste is a choke hazard for animals and people, besides being non-biodegradable, and is a major contributing factor for air and water pollution. The World Economic Forum (WEF) mentions that 170 nations have pledged to “significantly reduce” use of plastics by 2030. The question is no longer why to do it, but what we can do to make it happen. The Times of India, quoting sources, recently reported that the Centre is proposing a ban on single-use plastics starting from January 1, 2022. Among the list of banned items will be plastic flags, sticks for balloons, plates, cups, glasses, cutlery, trays, wrapping plastics, cigarette packets, stirrers—items that are in use in everyday life. It will be the responsibility of urban local bodies and gram panchayats to coordinate with waste management systems. Impactful initiatives involving local bodies is a good way in ensuring broad-based compliances.
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Sumi Gupta, Director, Tatsat Foundation