Campaign against growing menace of single-use plastics

Campaign against growing menace of single-use plastics

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Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 29 : With the country all set to impose a nationwide ban on plastic bags, cups and straws starting October 2, 2019, the city-based Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), along with various like-minded organisations will roll out a multi-event campaign to put an end to the growing menace of single-use plastics.

"The campaign would pave the way for stronger discussions with all stakeholders and the scientific community to help the government frame effective policies towards the management of single-use plastics,” CISSA General Secretary Dr C Suresh Kumar said. The PM’s call for scrapping the use of single-use plastics by 2022 is set to launch with a ban on six items on October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

"The ban on the first six items of single-use plastics will clip 5 per cent to 10 pc from India’s annual consumption of about 14 million tonnes of plastic. This ambitious target could be achieved only with people’s participation by creating awareness among them," he added.

The multi-event campaign to be organised at Manaveeyam Veedhi aims at making people aware of the nature, extent and threats of single-use plastics, he added. "We invite the people, organisations and institutions to be part of the targeted campaigns and bring in social engineering tools that can make people aware of the concerns and alternatives to plastics," he said. (UNI)