Burning Plastic Is Worsening Trivandrum’s Air Quality And Corporation Has No Idea How to Solve It!

Carbon monoxide and Carbon dioxide and pollutants such as particulate matter is higher than the permissible limits.

The recently High Court issued directive banning burning of solid waste and plastic in public places. However, Trivandrum Corporation has no idea on how to solve the plastic waste crisis.

According to a recent study, burning of plastic waste is detraining the air quality in the city causing people exposed to toxic fumes. Though High Court has banned this practise, Corporation is facing tough task to manage plastic waste without a sound waste management system.

Burning of plastic waste is detraining the air quality in the city causing people exposed to toxic fumes.

Civic body said that it welcomed the decision and would give strict instructions to officials and sanitation workers not to burn waste in public. However, sanitation workers who are engaged in keeping the city clean were not provided with another alternative.

It was found that plastic is a major pollutant and a hindrance to waste segregation. It is also clogging the drains that resulted in waterlogging in the recent rains. During Operation Anantha authorities found large quantities of plastics blocking the storm drain.

Plastic is a hindrance to waste segregation and is clogging the storm water drains casuing waterlogging.

The civic body has proposed restriction on plastic use from July 1. There is a complete ban on plastic bags below 50 microns thickness, which are difficult to recycle. Flex banners are also banned on streets and public places. The local body also collected 300 tonnes of plastic waste in a recently-concluded waste collection drive. However, there is no solid solution to process the plastic wastes.

A study conducted by state pollution control board (PCB) and NATPAC, the air quality in Trivandrum city is deteriorating. Carbon monoxide and Carbon dioxide and pollutants such as particulate matter is higher than the permissible limits. Burning of plastic was one of the main reason for deteriorating air quality.

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