A day after civic group leaders decided to suggest a total ban on plastic carry bags to the state, citizens across the city have kick-started a “no-plastic carry bags” campaign.
On Sunday, members of the Kalina citizens’ forum began their campaign against the use of plastic carry bags in the area.
“We distributed pamphlets and spoke to vendors from Santacruz station up to Vakola,” said Robin Viegas, a member of the citizens’ forum of Kalina.
Hindustan Times had first reported in December about Mayor Shraddha Jadhav’s proposal to implement a 100 per cent ban on plastic bags.
In the civic group leaders’ meeting, the municipal corporation decided to strictly implement the already existing ban on plastic carry bags thinner than 50 microns.
The mayor also proposed that the state government amend the necessary law to accommodate the 100 per cent ban.
“We completely support the mayor’s initiative and until a 100 per cent ban is implemented we will try our bit to make our vicinity plastic bag-free,” said Sheela Joshi, a resident of Vakola.
The citizens’ forum plans on distributing cloth bags in the area and with the support of vendors and shopkeepers declare it a “no-plastic carry bag” zone.
“It is also economically viable for us. We will save money by switching over from plastic bags to paper bags. And this will also be our contribution to the environment,” said Ram Yadav, a fruit seller in Vakola.
Residents of Vile Parle have been successful in banning the use of plastic carry bags.
Meanwhile, residents of Bandra will also begin their campaign against plastic bags, by urging Linking Road’s hawkers to give up plastic.
“We have been waiting for the government to announce a 100 per cent ban. But the civic administration is always very wary about taking up a citizen friendly initiative,” said Aftab Siddiqui, resident of Bandra.
According to statistics, the city generates about 8,000 metric tonnes of garbage every day, of which 4 per cent consists of plastic.
“We will provide our customers with fancy linen material bags as an alternative as young girls don’t like to use jute and khadi bags,” said Riyaz Ahmed, a shopkeeper on Linking Road.