Mumbai uses 300 lakh plastic bags a year

On an average, every house dumps its waste thrice a day in a plastic bag which is freely available with roadside vendors. This takes the number to approximate 84 bags per month and approximate 1,000 plastic bags per year per family.

Mumbai : A Mumbai household uses 1,000 plastic bags per year on an average. If the entire city is taken into account, 300 lakh plastic bags are used per year in Mumbai. The damage to the environment can be imagined as these bags are non-biodegradable.

Subhash Dalvi, officer on special duty at BMC, revealed this startling fact at an anti-plastic campaign by Tata Power at Chembur on Tuesday. He said that on an average, every house dumps its waste thrice a day in a plastic bag which is freely available with roadside vendors.

This takes the number to approximate 84 bags per month and approximate 1,000 plastic bags per year per family. If the current growing population of Mumbai is considered, the number will surely cross the alarming number of 300 lakh plastic bags.

Dalvi said that plastic bags are the main reason for floods during monsoon as they clog the entry and exit of drains. Fishermen have also complained that most of the times plastic bags form the bulk of their catch.

Legally, a plastic bag of minimum thickness of 50 microns is allowed in Maharashtra. Having said so, it should be noted that a plastic bag is made of various toxic chemicals.

These toxic chemicals not only impact the human beings negatively, but also, directly or indirectly, impact air, water & plants. It takes anywhere between hundred or sometimes even thousands of years for a plastic bag to disintegrate.

Dalvi urged people to use cloth bags to curb our dependence on

plastic. Through this campaign, Tata Power distributed 10,000 cloth bags

to the communities including domestic workers employed in the residential colonies of Tata Power.

These bags were also given to Apna Bazaars, Sahakari Bhandars and shop-keepers.

Besides, one lakh Tulsi saplings were distributed to spread the

message of “Care for Environment”.

Further, Tata Power organized

street plays to spread the message of the ‘Plastic Free Campaign’

amongst the general public and also organized poster, slogans, drawing and essay competition for school children and Women Self Help Group’s (WSHG).

Ashok Sethi, Chief – Operations, Tata Power, said such small steps would go a long way in creating a huge difference in our future.

Vishal Rajemahadik

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