Karnataka: Below 20 micron plastic bags banned in twin cities

HUBLI: In a major step towards tackling the plastic menace, Dharwad DC Darpan Jain has issued a circular, banning the sale/ usage of plastic bags below the thickness of 20 microns in the district.

S K Kolhar, executive engineer (solid waste management) of Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation, said the ban is intended to check the increased incidents of choked drains and burning of plastic, especially in twin cities, and check indiscriminate use of plastic as it poses a serious health hazard and pollute the environment.

Sources said the ban was imperative in the absence of proper solid waste management system in the twin cities, in spite of their generating around 400 tonnes of waste on a daily basis. Of this, about 80 tonnes is non-biodegradable. However, the circular is silent on plastic recycling units operating in the district.

Separate committees have been formed at corporation and taluk levels to monitor the ban. While HDMC commissioner will head the corporation committee, the respective tahsildars will head the taluk-level ones. Deputy director of food and civil supplies department, HDMC health officer and officials of weights and measures, pollution control board and police departments will be the members of the committees.

The members of the committee will pay surprise visits to shops and other business establishments for inspection. Action will be initiated against those flouting the rules.

Kolhar said an action plan is being readied to successfully implement the ban through awareness programmes and putting up signboards at different places. Self-help groups have come forward to help shopkeepers with sufficient supply of paper bags, he added.

From TOI

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