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Let’s act responsibly
5/10/2023 10:50:58 PM

In July 2022, the government imposed a ban on single use plastic items like straws, stirrers, glasses and cutlery.
The ban was imposed after the Union Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change amended the Plastic Waste Management Rules and declared that no single-use plastic items with high littering potential will be in use.
The pollution caused by plastic articles of everyday use, particularly those that have utility just for a few minutes or hours have wreaked havoc with the environment. These rules were framed on the recommendations of the expert group constituted by the Department of Chemicals and Petrochemicals.
A National Level Taskforce was constituted by the Union Environment Ministry for putting in coordinated efforts to eliminate identified single use plastic items and effective implementation of the rules.
Since the day the government has imposed a ban on the single use plastic items many efforts have been put in to create awareness about the damage caused by these items to the environment.
The pollution caused due to single-use plastic items remains a challenge even nine months after the imposition of the ban.
People are not ready to change their habits and are still using these items.
Besides creating awareness the government should frame stringent laws to eliminate the use of single use items completely.
Even today people are using these items in different functions and are not paying much heed towards the ban orders.
The whip has to be cracked against the manufacturers and the dealers who sell these items. To make the ban successful the helmsmen have to ensure that no one manufactures these items and they don’t reach the market.
On the other hand law enforcing agencies need to be empowered to act tough against the people who violate the law and use these.
The need of the hour is to take stringent steps and people have to cooperate to keep the environment clean and preserve it for the future generations to come.
If we don’t stop using the single use plastic items we will be doing a great injustice to the generations to come and would make their lives difficult. Let’s act responsibly and say no to the single use plastic items.
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