Eliminating source of Garbage

In last 10-15 years we have seen massive surge in the amount of garbage. The reasons are only two

1. Polythene bags, Packing polythene including Gutka etc.
2. Disposable plastic/ styrene bottles, plates, cups etc.
Rest of all the garbage is easily compostable or recyclable which can be tackled by natural and traditional methods .

Can we not eliminate these two from our society? Some ideas are given below. Please forward your comments and suggestions.

1. Say no to polythene bags at all levels:- Manufacturing, distribution, packaging , purchasing. Ask your state governments to ban plastic bags. If it is already banned be vigilant against its use.
2. Ask the government for a 3 -4 digit telephone number on which complaint against Polythene bag use can be lodged.
3. Reduce and eliminate the use of plastics from your life.
4. Encourage use of Cloth packaging, Paper packaging, Paper coated with metal packaging.
5. Encourage use of Dona, Pattal, Nariyal leave plates all made of disposable leaves.
6. Encourage plantation of Dhak , Tendu and Nariyal. So that their leaves are available in abundance for making Dona, Pattals etc.
7. Encourage industries manufacturing plates, Cups with dried pressed leaves.
8. Ask the central government to bring legislation to ban plastic bags immediately and plastics in a phased manner.
9. Ask the central government to ban Gutaka at all levels of Manufacturing, distribution, packaging , sale.

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awareness for plastic is catching on. The other day my neighbour told my wife she wants to ask her a practical question.How do we dispose kitchen wet garbage if we do not have plastic bags?? more  
I agree with Shri Rameshwar P. Misra. If plastic is not available so freely in the market, it will not be used. Plastic use is Bharat is rampant. Manufacturers are using it everywhere. Foreign goods would rarely use plastic in any form. We have a shortage of innovation and that is the reason they use plastic. We have plastic packaging for everything like Cold Drinks, Food, Gutkha, Disposable plates, glasses, bowls, health drinks and foods, carry bags. One has to name and that item is packaged in plastic. more  
1.The central and state Government may include the manufacture of plastic sheets and bags as a banned industry and issue no further licences to new units under SSI and Medium Scale Sector. 2.The existing units who supply the above items for packaging etc may be instructed to manufacture items under recyclable plastics only and to collect the waste back through the same dealers through whom the goods are sold. Otherwise they can set up separate collection agencies to collect the same at a nominal cost. 3. The cloth bag, paper bag, paper plates, cups may be made available at competitive rates so that more people will purchase and use the same. 4. The corporations may monetarily reward those areas/ wards/ constituencies and publish their names, if they generate less quantity of plastics waste. 5. The manufacturers may find alternate ways of packing and packaging materials which are self destructive by natural means. more  
People who have awareness do not use polythene bags. Same is the case with shopkeepers. Making people at large aware is the only solution. more  
The only way to get rid of plastic is to replace it both at the manufacturing as well as use ends. If the plastic bags are not produced, the question of banning would not arise. It would be impossible to stop the use of plastic goods if they are openly given free or sold in the market. R P Misra SDF more  
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