Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently launched a campaign against total ban on single-use plastic. He is urging all the citizens to put an end to it. So what are single-use plastic items? These are disposable plastics used for packaging only once and cannot be recycled. These include, among other items, grocery bags, food packaging, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery. The problem arises when we throw away these in an irresponsible manner. Our country does not have a proper plastic waste management system and this leads to a lot of littering. These single-use plastic items are not biodegradable. This means that when thrown away, they do not break down into a natural, environmentally safe condition over time by biological processes. Most of it lies in landfills, a part of which seeps into the rivers and then gets carried to the sea. Their toxic effect stays on in the water we drink, the food we eat and the air we breathe.
From 2nd October, the Indian Government will begin an attempt to collect all plastic waste. The pollution board estimates that our country produces nearly 26,000 tonne of plastic waste every day. According to their estimate, nearly 10,000 tonnes of plastic waste remains uncollected every day.