Plastic waste menace continues in the Capital City

To relieve the city of too much plastic waste, the only solution is to first popularize its alternative and then make strict rules to prevent violations. Fines should be imposed on violators.

Waste disposal has become a humongous problem for the capital city. It has plagued the city for sometime now. No lasting solution have been formulated so far. With the installation of biogas plants in some hospitals and schools the menace of degradable waste has been reduced to an extent. But plastic waste continues to hold the city at ransom. The city corporation has struggled to bring under control this tumultuous problem.

Palayam market was decorated with 2 shredder units 3 months ago. But this merely functioned for a month. It’s operation was stopped because everyone was clueless of what to do with the shredded plastic. According to Mayor K Chandrika, the shredded waste could be used bhy the Public Works Department(PWD) for tarring roads. The government must make it compulsory for the PWD to use some plastic in road tarring. The reason behind this demand is that if there is an outlet for shredded plastic,then more such shredder units can be set up all round the city.

Other than the usage in road tarring,the processed plastic can also be sent to the pyrolysis plant at Sathya Sai Gramam,Thonnackal. Here it can be converted to fuel. The work on this plant has not yet begun.This should have started operation soon after the installation of the shredder. The authorities haven’t taken any steps in this direction.

In the current situation steps should be immediately taken to solve the deadlock on the disposal of plastic waste. Earlier the corporation had banned bags made of plastic less than 40 microns. Also the prices were increased. But these measures did not work out as desired. The major reason for this is due to lack of other options. Paper bags have not yet gained enough popularity in the State. Banning an article without providing an alternative will only lead to violation of the plastic ban.

To relieve the city of too much plastic waste, the only solution is to first popularize its alternative and then make strict rules to prevent violations. Fines should be imposed on violators.

A recent initiative by the Zero Waste Center, Kovalam, a resource training group christened ‘Bag Tree’ is a good step forward. A slightly bent tree was entirely strung with paper bags. This was beside the Saphalyam complex, Palayam. The environment research organization also distributed about 3000 Paper bags at the junction. The authorities should organize such initiatives and the rules should also be imposed properly to reduce the usage of plastic. Even if these reduction techniques work, arrangements should be made by the authorities to dispose off  plastic waste.  Quick steps should be taken for this. Both the Corporation and the government should quit trading blame on the other and work together to  change the current scenario.

 

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