In an excellent initiative by the BBMP, (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike) plastic bags have been banned for good. The next time you are caught with a plastic bag in a public place, be ready to shell out 500 bucks as a penalty.
Issuing a comprehensive ban on the usage of plastic bags, the state government has decided to impose a ban of INR 500.
Urging everyone to abandon plastic materials, civic commissioner, N Manjunath Prasad announced that plastic bag & banner manufacturers can be fined up to Rs. 5 lacs if they are caught manufacturing plastic bags for sale.
For individuals, the repeat offender will have to pay the double penalty of Rs. 1000.
Last year, during the month of September, Kerala had issued a strict ban on using plastic bags. The offenders were asked to pay the hefty penalty of Rs. 5000. The repeat offenders ended up paying up to Rs. 25000.
In times when it is getting increasingly difficult to dump the enormous garbage waste of the city, this move will play a crucial role in reducing plastic garbage.
Bangalore generates approx. 350 to 400 tons of plastic waste every single day. This garbage is further dumped into landfills.
Plastic is one of the toughest materials to decompose. Its non-biodegradable properties can help plastic bags survive for millions of years. Addition to the land and water as waste, it can pollute the resources and render permanent damage to the environment.
The State Government has performed its duty and now it’s time for us follow the course.
Use bags made out of cloth and avoid using plastic straws for drinking sodas. Bottled water consumption should be reduced along with disposable plates and cutlery made out of plastic.
Let us initiate a change to see the difference in the coming years.