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Banning ‘Plastics’ is not the solution
Now a days Indian Plastic industry, especially packaging industry is going through a tough phase. Plastic is an eco-friendly product, which is safe guarding the ecological balance of the globe. In my opinion, Plastic is a greatest and major achievement of Human. Right from packaging to Aeronautics, it is used each and everywhere. It is very difficult to imagine a Plastic free world.
The quantum of paper required for packaging needs of the globe is enormous and the world greenery will completely vanish in no time. Similarly the requirement of Furniture industry and other industries, where Plastics has replaced precious conventional products. Plastic is revolutionary product, which is giving a major economic thrust to the Global economy.However Negative Publicity and Negative marketing have become major threats to this versatile and eco-friendly product.
Yes, it is agreed that the life span of Plastic is very high and it is not a degradable product. Having greater life span is a major advantage for any product, however in Plastics, especially in Plastic packaging, it has become a major disadvantage. Who is the culprit? We ourselves are following wrong disposal mechanism and blaming a very good product. Everyone is missing this simple logic. Banning any product is not the permanent solution.It is better to develop an alternate product and the newly developed product itself will replace theold product in an automatic manner. The same phenomenon can be observed in many products. Plastics itself is a very good example for replacing conventional products.
Recently I came across with a video of Sri Nitin Gadkariji, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shipping and Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation in the Government of India on Technology utilisation in Waste management. As rightly said by him, the cost of Road laying can be reduced by using the Waste management of Plastic by effective disposal.He emphasized on value creation for the waste materials by using technology, so that the waste can be treated as a wealth and thereby we can achieve a Swachh Bharat and Waste to Wealth.
The Government, Administration, Govt. aided Research institutes must work together to develop an economic and viable technology to address the Plastic waste, in any manner i.e. whether it is a municipal solid waste or mix of organic and other wastes, so that this versatile and eco-friendly product cannot be branded as an environmental threat product and cannot be banned. And the Government must emphasise on Waste disposal in an effective manner. In my opinion, if the State and Central Governments and Local bodies put the same efforts on educating people on Plastic Waste management against what they are putting on banning the Plastics, the results will be much more encouraging.