Apart from wholesalers and retailers, end user of plastic shall be fined: Div Com Kashmir.

Apart from wholesalers and retailers, end user of plastic shall be fined: Div Com Kashmir.

End User to pay fine of Rs 100 during September, Rs 200 October, Rs 300 November

Srinagar, Sept 08 (GNS): To enforce complete ban on single use plastic (SUP) in Valley, Divisional Commissioner (Div Com) Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole convened meeting of Deputy Commissioners and Division Level officers of related departments to intensify action against SUP by people.

On the occasion, Div Com reviewed the action taken by concerned Departments and DCs following the directions issued in previous meetings held for this purpose.

While taking the progress report, Div Com instructed the constitution of teams to check the sale of plastic in the markets and directed for imposition of fine on wholesaler and retailer shopkeepers for using single use plastic and polythene bags.

Also, he directed for imposition of fine on end users of plastic with Rs 100 during the current month, Rs 200 in October and Rs 300 in November.

He asked Dir ULB and officers of municipalities to file at least three FIRs against wholesalers and retailers of plastic in each district while SMC officers were asked to file 120 FIRs against erring traders during the current month.

He asked for continuous checks of meat, fruit and grocery sellers in the markets.

Besides, Div Com exhorted RDD for collection of legacy waste in villages and dumping that waste properly.

Div Com impressed on Administration of colleges, High school and Higher Secondary school level to adopt nearest water bodies and clean them of waste and plastic.

He once again exhorted concerned officers for identification of government land for disposal of solid waste in major villages, which are expected to become municipalities in near future.

He emphasized intensifying the IEC campaign regarding solid waste management and adherence to plastic ban.

Moreover, Pole asked for the use of Swachh Bharat Symbol on the official letters and asked Dir ULB Kashmir for displaying symbol of cleanliness including at the beginning of municipality areas.

He asked representatives of I&C Department to register entrepreneur units for manufacturing alternate products to be used in place of plastic.

He reiterated to District Administration Kulgam and police to stop import of plastic into the valley and seize the vehicles carrying single use plastic.

To provide additional dumping land to SMC at Achan, Div Com asked Assistant Commissioner Revenue, Srinagar to identify govt land near the dumping site and provide the same to SMC.

It was informed that 100 kanal of land for dumping of solid waste has been provided to BB Cantonment.

The meeting was attended by Deputy Commissioners, Dir ULB, SSP Headquarter, Srinagar, officers of SMC, RDD, Rural Sanitation, Universities, Colleges, Schools besides Deputy Director Information, Bilal Mukhtar.(GNS).

About Plastic:

Plastics are a wide range of synthetic or semi-synthetic materials that use polymers as a main ingredient. Their plasticity makes it possible for plastics to be moulded, extruded or pressed into solid objects of various shapes.

This adaptability, plus a wide range of other properties, such as being lightweight, durable, flexible, and inexpensive to produce, has led to its widespread use. Plastics typically are made through human industrial systems.

Most modern plastics are derived from fossil fuel-based chemicals like natural gas or petroleum; however, recent industrial methods use variants made from renewable materials, such as corn or cotton derivatives.

9.2 billion tonnes of plastic are estimated to have been made between 1950 and 2017. More than half this plastic has been produced since 2004. In 2020, 400 million tonnes of plastic were produced. If global trends on plastic demand continue, it is estimated that by 2050 annual global plastic production will reach over 1,100 million tonnes.

The success and dominance of plastics starting in the early 20th century has caused widespread environmental problems, due to their slow decomposition rate in natural ecosystems. Toward the end of the 20th century, the plastics industry promoted recycling in order to ease environmental concerns while continuing to produce virgin plastic and to push the responsibility of plastic pollution onto the consumer. The main companies producing plastics doubted the economic viability of recycling at the time, and the economic viability has never improved. Plastic collection and recycling is largely ineffective because of failures of contemporary complexity required in cleaning and sorting post-consumer plastics for effective reuse. Most plastic produced has not been reused, either being captured in landfills or persisting in the environment as plastic pollution. Plastic pollution can be found in all the world’s major water bodies, for example, creating garbage patches in all of the world’s oceans and contaminating terrestrial ecosystems. Of all the plastic discarded so far, some 14% has been incinerated and less than 10% has been recycling.

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