Mumbai: Soon, BMC markets to go ‘plastic-free’

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to make its markets ‘plastic-free’ in a bid to encourage ban on plastic bags. The civic body wants buyers in its 92 markets across the city to turn to paper and cloth bags.

The BMC will employ women from local self help groups to manufacture paper and cloth bags that will be available for sale at the municipal markets. Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said that they expect citizens to purchase these bags and slowly stop using plastic bags. Individual vendors in these markets will stop giving plastic bags thinner than 50 microns.

“When a person buys a cloth bag, he will have a tendency to reuse it and stop asking for plastic bags all together. We are looking at this campaign as a habit-inducing exercise,” said Mhaiskar. The campaign will kickstart on January 26 in two municipal markets, Mhaiskar added.

From Indian Express

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