Plastic clogs drains, its burning pollutes air

The KSPCB is of the strong view that banning plastic in the City will reduce the garbage menace, as it will put an end to its burning, which is a major health hazard.

KSPCB member secretary Shantappa told Deccan Herald that the quantity of solid waste would reduce. Since plastic is non-biodegradable, it clogs drains. People burn plastic, which is dangerous to the environment.

Urban local bodies have been unable to manage garbage and plastic is one of the major causes. The State generates around 9,000 metric tonnes per day. Twenty per cent of this is plastic, he said.

The BBMP has been unable to curb carry bags thinner than 40 microns, Horticulture department has been unable to restrain plastic bags into the Lalbagh and the Forest department has been unable to prevent plastic bags from being brought into the Bannerghatta Biological Park. So banning plastic will be a challenge before the government.

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