In the wake of the worsening environmental scenario, the government of Uttar Pradesh enforced a sweeping ban on manufacture, usage, distribution, sale, purchase, import and export of plastic bags on 15th July, 2018 across all cities. The Noida Industrial Development Authority, the enforcement agency in Noida, encouraged switching to sustainable alternatives through distribution and awareness drives along with anti-plastic inspections.
On bringing the negative impact of single-use plastic on the environment to the forefront, Noida officials joined hands with a few NGOs for the ‘Say No To Plastic’ campaign to ensure successful implementation. Furthermore, a monetary penalty – of Rs 1,000 to Rs 10,000 for a consumer caught using a plastic bag and Rs 10,000 to 50,000 for storage or sale of polythene bags – was imposed.
However, with time, the well-controlled execution has seemed to have slipped away from us as the sight of polyethene bags is not at all out of the ordinary. To crack down on plastic bags’ consumption, here are a few easily achievable measures that every household can take:
- The best measure one could possibly take is the complete elimination of plastic bags. Bags made of cloth like cotton and jute can be very handy and used various number of times.
- Have you even come across people using trolleys during grocery shopping? It proves to be an attractive purchase to carry to the vegetable market or your nearby convenience store.
- Try to use the plastic bags you already have at home numerous times before disposing them off.
Keeping in mind the focus towards an effective waste management plan and aiming to make the city free from single-use plastic bags, continuation of provisions of penalty and coming up with greener alternatives with other stringent solutions would be fruitful for attainment of a sustainable future.