The plastic waste we are surrounded by is insurmountable. Sadly, the situation is only worsening with every passing day. Neither the manufacturers are bothered not the people are concerned about the disastrous effects of it. With a very small chunk of the population being aware of the hazards of using plastic, there is not much happening to counter the problem.
The problem is increasingly becoming more apparent and is being linked with a lot of health concerns like diabetes, hormonal imbalance, and cancer. With the leading nations in the world imposing the ban, India is also taking certain steps to reduce the usage of plastic and move towards the plastic-free country. The progress is slow, but it is expected that with steady movement in the direction it is possible to eliminate single-use plastics from the daily use.
Beginning June 05, 2018, the Government of India is targeting to check the plastic used by their citizens and is hoping to completely stop the manufacturing and usage of all disposable plastic by 2022. Here are the key steps are being taken in this direction.
1.Making alternatives cheaper
Sikkim banned plastic in 1998 and in 2016, it imposed the ban on packaged drinking water too. Following the footsteps of Sikkim, the states of Maharashtra, Goa, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Himachal Pradesh, and Punjab has imposed partial or full ban on single-use plastic. The governments are looking at the alternatives and taking steps to make them cheaper so that the plastics are completely eliminated.
2. Reusable items in the Government offices
Kerala has led the initiative by replacing the plastic items used in the government offices with reusable ones. Under this, the officials are now making use of the ink pens, reusable bottles, and steel utensils and cutlery. This will largely reduce the plastic garbage being produced by the government offices. It might be possible that the all the government offices in the country do the same.
3. Cleaning the water bodies
In a bid to manage and clean the plastic waste, there are several groups in the country that are now searching the water bodies in the nation and removing all the plastic from it. Not only will this restore the environmental health but will also do a huge favor to marine animals, who are being the victim to plastic in seas and other water sources.
4. Using plastic to repair roads
Due to a breakthrough step by Professor Rajagopalan Vasudevan of Madurai, it has become possible to use plastics to repair the roads. The work on these lines has already begun in Kerala, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu. This way the plastic which ends up in garbage or landfills can be put to a better use.
5. Recycling and up-cycling
The steps are being taken either to recycle the plastic or to make construction materials from it. Plastic is being upcycled in India for important purposes. A recent proposal to make plastic notes is also considered a great step in this direction.
It is the reality that eliminating plastic from life is impossible, at least at the moment. We are hugely dependent on it in our daily lives. However, it is our responsibility too to reduce the plastic usage and replace that with some reusable items where possible.