Joining the fight against plastic waste, the Bangla Sahib Gurudwara has banned the use of all types of plastic items within the shrine complex.
The decision has been taken as part of programmes to commemorate 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev, Manjinder Singh Sirsa, president of the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC), said.
The biggest heritage Sikh shrine situated in the heart of national capital has banned disposable plates, glasses, spoons, thermocol cup-plates and other single-use plastics, and switched to steel utensils for serving water and 'langar' (community meal) to devotees, Sirsa said.
"On average, around 5,000 poly bags and thermocol cup-plates were used every day to distribute prasad, fruits and other items to devotees. Now, these have been replaced with eco-friendly jute bags, and dona pattal (leaf bowls and plates) since October 2," he said.
The DSGMC has set up a recycling plant capable of handling two tonnes of flower and 'langar' waste, and dry leaves on a daily basis. The organic waste is converted into manure and vermicompost.
The fully automatic plant has been commissioned on an experimental basis at present to experiment with the zero-waste model and will be commissioned on full scale during the current month, Sirsa said.
The committee has also completely shifted to clean piped natural gas for preparing 'langar' for around 35,000 people daily and has further completely banned use of wood and charcoal, he added.