Eliminating Use of Polythene: Inputs Sought

Dear all:

Despite the Swachh Bharat Mission and enforcement drives by several state and local administrations, it is still easy to spot polythene and poly packaging on road sides across India.

With this post, we seek your inputs on what is your experience in your city or area, share if any success stories and what needs to be done by Business, Citizen and Government to eliminate use of polythene completely.

Our objective is to put together a checklist and then drive enforcement of the same via Central and State Governments to eliminate the use of polythene in India.

We look forward to your inputs!

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India has got huge population and so is the quantity of litter. All places in dotted with huge piles of plastic waste. The Govt. should ban the production/sale of plastic bags/cups/glasses/plates to
check this growing menace. Due to no civic sense, people through empties at will. Milk can be supplied in returnable bottles/canes as is being done in EU countries even though their populations very small. more  
To stop the use of polythene, the authorities should tap the manufacturers' of polythene (banned quality). The manufacturers should be punished severely. If the manufacturing of banned quality of polythene is stopped then it will result in no polythene in the market..... If there is corruption in this work then only HE can help us..... more  
Polythene is useful in many respects including durability amenability for many shapes and size. The negative aspects can be countered and converted into positive aspects. Bags and other containers can be cleaned and freed from bacteria by use of chemicals of the right type and thereby recycled. It can, if not further recyclable, be laid on streets over the cement to make the streets stronger. more  
One biggest use is milk sachets. To eliminate this use the best substitute is using glass bottles which can be reused. Though some transport cost element may go up, it is worth doing.
Another big use is water bottles (so called mineral water). One way of reducing, if not eliminating it completely, is to mandatorily dispense water in superior quality plastic bottles which are fit for multiple/repeat uses at an extra cost. Once cost of bottle is added to water each time of purchase, people will refrain from throwing away the bottles after use and rather preserve bottles for future use. Coupled with this, water dispensers should be installed wherever presently the bottles are sold, so that people can get their refills at a much smaller cost.
A deeper thinking is required on elimination of plastics from our lives. more  
मैं अभी बंगलोर में हूँ और यहाँ पालिथिन का प्रयोग नहीं दिख रहा है पर हमारे शहर गोरखपुर में पालिथिन का प्रयोग कुछ काम हुआ है पर हो रहा है । more  

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