What would modern life be like without the use of plastics? Most of the plastics that we use, ends up in landfills where it may take up to 500 years to decompose, and potentially leak pollutants into the soil and water. India’s cities are among the largest garbage generators in the world, producing about 62 million tonnes of waste every year. Only about 82% of it is collected and only 28% of that is treated and processed. Most goes into landfills, open dump sites or is just left on the ground, often clogging rivers and drains.
Keeping in view of the serious degradation of the environment, the Tezpur Municipal Board has managed to get the system to work by appealing to the public. A hoarding with a strong message to give up on the use of plastics was seen to put up on the streets, which read as, ‘If we are comfortable with having a 250 gram of mobile phone and a 350 gram of power bank in our pockets, we will also be capable of carrying a 60 gm cloth bag to wherever necessary.’
Such awareness messages and initiatives have become the need of the hour, in order to save our ecosystem.
The worry shall remain constant unless the plans and measures are effectively implemented and followed by the public.