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Plastic waste in Pune down by 48 per cent, reveals NGO Swach survey

A Swach team visited all 15 wards of the PMC and scrutinised garbage collected by waste pickers over three consecutive days at the beginning of May. 

pune Updated: May 26, 2018 16:06 IST
Parth Welankar
Parth Welankar
Hindustan Times, Pune
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Pune generates nearly 1,600 tonnes of garbage every day, of which 250 tonnes is wet garbage, 850 tonnes is dry, while 5,00 tonnes is mixed. Twelve per cent of the garbage consists of plastic. (HT File Photo)

Amidst firm action taken by the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) against the illegal sale of plastic, a survey conducted by city-based NGO Swach claims that usage of plastic is down by 48 per cent in the city. On March 23, the Maharashtra government issued a notification banning sale and use of plastic items.

Monica Walujkar, junior engineer, PMC’s solid waste management department, said, “It is indeed a good sign that the use of plastic waste in the city has gone down by as much as 48 per cent. It stipulates the apt implementation of the policy by the PMC.”

“We will also send this survey to the state government,” Walujkar added.

A Swach team visited all 15 wards of the PMC and scrutinised garbage collected by waste pickers over three consecutive days at the beginning of May.

Mangal Pagare, Swach CEO, said, “The dedicated team also visited the place where the garbage from respective wards is brought together.Our team interviewed most of the waste pickers from all wards before.”

She further added, “According to our analysis, plastic of all kinds is reduced in garbage collected from across the city. However, plastic bags in particular have reduced the most in the garbage.”

Pagare claims the survey analysis puts the drop in plastic use 48 per cent.

Pune generates nearly 1,600 tonnes of garbage every day, of which250 tonnes is wet garbage, 850 tonnes is dry, while 5,00 tonnes is mixed. Twelve per cent of the garbage consists of plastic.

Following the state-wide ban, the PMC seized over 30 tonnes of banned plastic goods and carry bags account for more than 60 per cent of the seized plastic.

First Published: May 26, 2018 16:06 IST