BMC Wards to auction off seized plastic

Mumbai: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has decided to carry short quotation auctions of seized prohibited plastic lying in their godowns. Anti-plastic squads have seized a total of 21,460 kilograms of banned plastic as on September 28, 2018, as per civic data.

Commenting over the collected plastic disposal mechanism, Deputy Municipal Commissioner (DMC) Nidhi Choudhari said, “The plastic has to be auctioned only to those bidders who are registered under the Maharashtra Pollution Control Board (MPCB) and the wards have been instructed accordingly. They will conduct the auction at their level.”

Another civic official, who is also part of the team said, “Since the MPCB insists that the bidder must be registered, the auction procedure is taking time. The condition has been put in place so that the selected bidder(company)will take up the plastic recycling and disposal work with responsibility.” The Maharashtra government imposed a ban on single-use plastic in April. After that, a three month grace period was given by the state to enable citizens, establishments and other organisations to stop the use of prohibited plastic and dispose of it at plastic collection centres.

To ensure the success of the ban, the BMC also stationed trolley bins in areas of the city that see the highest footfall, where people could safely toss banned plastic items. In addition, toll-free helpline numbers were also set up so citizens could resolve queries on plastic that was to be discarded and what could be retained. According to civic data, the corporation earned Rs 1.1 crore as revenue from fines levied on businesses and seized 18,600 kg of plastic in the first three months of its crackdown after it implemented the ban on June 23. Fines have been collected from commercial units and establishments, not from citizens.

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