RWA group pushes for bag exchange’ project

An RWA group is seeking to patent an eco-friendly bag usage system after plastic bags were banned in Delhi.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: January 20, 2009 12:29 am

An RWA group is seeking to patent an eco-friendly bag usage system after plastic bags were banned in Delhi.

Working on the assumption that customers would not like to carry their own bags after the government ban on plastic bags,People’s Action,a confederation of RWAs,has approached Mother Dairy and retail chains Big Bazaar and Subhiksha to adopt its “bag exchange” programme.

As part of the “e-bag exchange project”,customers while making their purchases will also purchase a bag. They will,however,be able to return the bag(s) and get a full refund.

People’s Action is ready to supply cloth bags for the system,which they claim will be free of cost for both consumers and retailers. “We are working on the assumption that people would not like to carry a bag with them when they go for shopping. Instead,the retailer will stock the bags and give the customer a refund when he or she returns the bag. The bags will thus be circulated,” Sanjay Kaul of People’s Action said.

“We are in talks with Mother Dairy for implementing this system. They are very supportive of the idea. We applied for a patent for the idea last September,” Kaul said.

The bags would be priced at Rs 10,15,20 and 25 and will come with an attached price tag. The group plans to rope in wives of Blueline bus drivers for making the cloth bags.

Customers will,however,pay for the bag in case it’s torn.

Government notifies hazardous waste rules
The Delhi Government has notified Hazardous Waste Rules. As per this,any person who meets with an accident relating to hazardous waste can get compensation from the deputy commissioner. Highly toxic industries,like leather tanning and steel making,are not allowed to function in the city. According to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee,153 industrial units in Delhi have submitted bank guarantees of Rs 13,375 crore in order to comply with the Hazardous Waste Rules.

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