In a reply to an RTI application,it has been revealed that there is no provision in the city to segregate plastic from the waste and its disposal. In fact,there is no check being kept on the amount of plastic waste that is generated in the city with there being no provisions to measure this. Steps would now be initiated for incorporating plastic management rules 2011 with the sanitation bylaws of the Municipal Corporation.
An application was moved under the Right to Information Act by nominated councillor Surinder Bahga in which he had inquired about the amount of plastic waste that is generated in the city and the measures that are being taken to dispose this off.
In its reply,the office of Medical Officer of Health that deals with plastic waste has stated that the garbage from the city,excluding the garbage from the hotels,apni mandis etc,is collected and sent to the garbage processing plant for disposal. No segregation is done by the sanitation workers.
Despite a ban on polythene bags imposed in 2008,they are easily available in markets,especially the vegetable vendors. The lack of enforcement of the ban has led to rampant use of polythene bags in the city.
Plastic waste is an environmental hazard. There is no check on the use of the banned polythene bags in the city. The Municipal Corporation is not even sure how much plastic is being generated in the city. The ban needs to be strictly enforced, councillor Bahga said.
The Municipal Corporation,meanwhile,claims that a case is being initiated regarding incorporating the plastic management rules with the sanitation bylaws.
While proposals have been mooted time and again in the civic body to have separate dust bins in the market places and other locations to segregate waste,so far there has been no success on that front.