40 tonnes plastic waste each day | chennai news - times of india
Free is no longer a disposable cup, plate, bag, or even a water bag allowed on the 4 th.
5 km from the lighthouse to the Anna Memorial.
While this is the first step to ensure that the ocean does not have plastic waste, there is more to be done in a city where plastic suffocates.
Chennai commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni said, \"of the 3,400 tons of plastic produced per day in the city, 35 to 40 tons are plastic waste, most of which are plastic bags.
\"This is a problem for countries around the world: about 500 billion to 1 trillion plastic bags are consumed around the world every year, about 1 million per minute, and in a few minutes most of them will be thrown into the bin.
Closer to home, each store in the Nilgiris supermarket receives an average of 15,000 plastic bags per month.
Odyssey distributes about 30,000 plastic bags a month at nine bookstores in Chennai.
\"All shops distribute so many plastic bags,\" said housewife Radhika V . \".
\"For example, when I shop every week, I take home about a dozen plastic bags, each for different vegetables, one for biscuits, chocolate and snacks, one for soap and one for detergent, one copy of frozen food, one copy of dairy products, etc.
\"Although no specific research has been done on the number of plastic bags used in the city, Kurian Joseph, assistant professor at Anna University\'s Environmental Research Center, calculated by weight, 8% to 15% of the garbage is plastic.
\"Because the plastic is very light, we evaluate it with weight.
But in terms of volume, since plastic occupies a lot of space, it will be 20% to 30%.
\"It\'s too out of the way,\" said the professor who led a team to several sample surveys last year.
Aside from aesthetic issues, it will take about 1,000 years for a plastic bag to degrade.
\"The threat to human and animal life is huge, because chlorine plastics release carcinogens when they burn, and foraging animals are often suffocated by plastic,\" Joseph said . \".
He added that water penetration will also be affected because plastic does not allow water to enter the ground.
\"There are many aspects of plastic pollution.
For example, water can be collected in waste plastic, resulting in mosquito breeding, and can also be blocked in sewers and sewers.
The plastic itself is a good material.
\"This material is both durable and useful, but thin plastic and disposable items made of plastic should be banned,\" he said . \".
Prior to the terminal ban, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Commission conducted an investigation into the institutions that make plastics around the city.
\"There are 250 units registered with the plastics manufacturers association.
Some violate the manufacture and use of recycled plastics (Amendment)
Article 2003 stipulates rules prohibiting manufacture and sale, said a source from the department, distribution and Use of handbags made of raw or recycled plastic with thickness less than 20 microns and size less than 8 \"x 12\" will take action.
\"Micron is a measure of plastic thickness.
\"Only plastic over 20 microns can be recycled,\" Joseph said . \".
\"However, this law has not been implemented,\" he added . \".
Cities such as Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Kota Kinabalu and udagamandaran have been completely banned from using plastic.
The Madras High Court recently suggested
Plastics below 60 microns are prohibited.
\"We have banned plastic less than 20 microns, but a complete ban is not a solution because there are a lot of practical uses for plastic,\" Lakhoni said . \".
\"The idea is to separate and recycle.
This is a problem when plastic is discarded without being recycled;
If you remove it from the garbage, you solve the problem.
We are therefore working to raise awareness about recycling and reducing use, \"he said, adding that local agencies have established links with ITC and Harita --
NTI Ltd, which buys plastic waste from them for re-use at a price of Rs 1 kgused.
Some stores like Mylapore\'s Odyssey and Nilgiris have worked hard to reduce the use of plastic.
Odyssey has been trying different materials.
\"We tried it in paper bags, but our products, like books and gifts, are too heavy and the sacks are very expensive.
\"In Delhi, we have launched recycled paper bags in the past two months, and we plan to launch it in all our big stores,\" said TS Ashwin, MD, Odyssey . \".
Mylapore\'s Nilgiris outlet offers a 1% discount for customers who bring their own luggage, while Adyar branch allows customers to take home groceries in a 100% bio-deportable bag per bag, each bag extra
\"We found the release ecosystem
The friendly package is too expensive, but giving customers a 1% discount would be a great option, \"said Shivakumar purchase, manager of NilgirisDownload.