Ban on single-use plastic in Ambala from tomorrow

Ban on single-use plastic in Ambala from tomorrow


AMBALA: After the guidelines of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) and worrying situation of garbage processing in Ambala, single use plastic and polythene bags have been completely banned by the authorities in the Ambala district with effect from November 1 onwards.
The administration has got itself prepared for the uphill task. The officials said if any shopkeeper or street vendor is found with single use polythene or plastic bags, they will have to pay fine ranging between Rs 500 and Rs 25,000.
Ambala does not have any waste processing plant and the single-use plastic waste has polluted the entire district as these can be spotted scattered in almost all the areas.
Even places from where garbage is lifted, the area clogged with plastic waste. After the decision of the administration, those running businesses of disposal of waste are a worried lot now.
A shopkeeper Mukesh Jain said, “Before imposing the ban, the government should lift the available stock from the shopkeepers and compensate them as we have paid taxes for purchasing the same legally. Due to the lockdown, we are already struggling and this decision will further make it difficult for us to sustain.”
Another shopkeeper Manoj, dealing in single-used plastic items, said, “The ban on use of plastic is a good decision, but instead of targeting small shopkeepers, the administration should take action against the manufacturers and factories producing plastic, polythene bags, thermocol or other plastic disposal items. With time we have started dealing with biodegradable disposal items.”
Ambala Sadar municipal council (MC) secretary Rajesh Kumar said, “Taking a step forward, Ambala Sadar MC has decided to ban singleuse plastic and polythene bags from November 1 onwards. The decision has been taken according to the guidelines of the NGT after the Swachh Survekshan. Strict action will be taken against violators and announcements are being made in the areas.”
In November 2019, to tackle pollution caused from single-use plastics, the Ambala district administration had implemented barter system i.e. rice-for-plastic under which collectors of plastics were given rice in exchange in equal weight in all the sub divisions of the district. According to the officials, over 20 tonnes of singleuse plastic was collected in the district in 2019 and it was handed over to a firm for making renewable energy at a plant in the Mullana area.



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