Ban on plastic bags remains ineffective

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AmritsarPosted at: Aug 25, 2017, 12:51 AM; last updated: Aug 25, 2017, 12:51 AM (IST)

Amritsar, August 24

Though polybags have been banned in the city, its sale and purchase is a common sight.
Being a non-biodegradable product, it is harmful for the environment. Plastic bags also prove fatal for animals as these can be seen feeding on the same at garbage dumps.
Residents feel there should be an effective alternative to such bags. Swaraj Grover, a retired principal, said, “Plastic is harmful. There is a need to create awareness among people about its harmful effects. Strict actions should be taken. One can go for paper bags, but there’s a lack of will and awareness among people. Proper implementation of law is the need of the hour.”
Stressing the need to come out with other alternatives, Gunbir Singh, chairman, EcoAmritsar, said, “We are doing a lot of work to promote recycled paper bags. We are also devising new ways for alternative use of plastic bags. The use of plastic bag can only be stopped if there is an alternative.”
Gurinder Singh Mattu, social worker, said, “People carelessly throw bags in the garbage. Apart from getting eaten by animals, polybags also choke sewerage.”
According to PK Sharma, Principal of Hindu College, “Jute bag are the only solution.”

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