Dependency on

plastic in day to day life in not uncommon, it is being utilized in almost all

aspect of daily life. In India, approx. The benefits of plastic are undeniable.

The material is cheap, lightweight and easy to make. These qualities have led

to a boom in the production of plastic over the past century. Most plastics do

not biodegrade. Instead, they slowly break down into smaller fragments known as

microplastics. Studies suggest that plastic bags and containers made of

expanded polystyrene foam (commonly referred to as “Styrofoam”) can take up to

thousands of years to decompose, contaminating soil and water. The most common

single-use plastics found in the environment are, in order of magnitude,

cigarette butts, plastic drinking bottles, plastic bottle caps, food wrappers,

plastic grocery bags, plastic lids, straws and stirrers, other types of plastic

bags, and foam take-away containers. These are the waste products of a

throwaway culture that treats plastic as a disposable material rather than a

valuable resource to be harnessed.

What is Single us Plastic:

As per UNEP

(United Nation Environment Program) Single-use plastics, often also referred to as disposable plastics, are commonly used

for plastic packaging and

include items intended to be used only once before they are thrown away or recycled.

These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, bottles,

straws, containers, cups and cutlery.

Practise of Single use plastic in India:

In India, usage

of single use plastic, is being done for all most everything. In terms of usage,

the synonyms of carry bag mean Plastic Bag. Almost 15, 000 tonnes of plastic

waste are generated every day, out of which 9, 000 tonnes are collected and

processed/recycled. However approx. 6, 000 tonnes of plastic waste are not

being collected. The uncollected mass of these plastic waste further worsens

the environment by various long-term adverse impact. example;

a) Adverse

impact on aquatic animals when thrown into water

b) Adverse health

impact on Animals who at times chew the same with other solid wastes

c) Choke the

sever and drain

d) Reduce the

natural capacity of percolation of rain water through soil

e) Most of the plastics and non-biodegradable.

It remains in soil for many years and reduce the natural fertility

Calling Ban on Single use plastic has welcomed in

India as government has taken initiative to prevent its manufacturing and usage.

Although the complete and detailed plan is not yet shared amongst people. The

first and best approach of managing environmental pollution is to make people aware

about the adverse impact of plastic usage. Government has successfully done the

same by taking a good initiative to minimize its usage and then eliminate the

same in coming days.

In parallel

with government, role of citizen is equally important in this mission. This can

be done by following mean of voluntary activity;


Educating people about Environment, Making aware the adverse impact of plastic

b) Avoiding

the usage of plastic in routine life by alternate means; example Carrying jute

bag, cloth Bag with us in Market rather then asking Plastic carry bag

c) Source

segregation of Waste, by this it can be sent for processing/recycling

d) Used

cloth/Old Cloth can be utilized or promoted for preparation of carry bag

e) Stop throwing wastes in open or water