The Union Government has imposed a complete ban on the import of plastic waste in order to check the growing pollution concerns. Every year stress is laid on having viable alternatives to plastics and arguments are like without it. Stress is also laid on maintaining that there was a need for beating plastic pollution by establishing proper waste management and recycling ecosystem in the country. The ban imposed has failed to take off keeping the commercial value and spread of the commodity and above that lack of waste management infrastructure in rural or semi-urban areas. In many villages or small towns, even if people within the household collect their waste in a bin, where do they dispose of that waste? We need better, more sustainable collection and management of such non-biodegradable waste, especially outside the big cities. Prohibiting single-use plastics, such as bags and straws, is a very welcome and much-needed step. We need to have viable, relatively easy to use alternatives to plastics in place. In the absence of viable alternatives, a blanket ban on all consumer plastics is bound to fail. Even though there were viable alternatives available for plastic carry bags, plastics such as PET which were used for food and drug packaging were currently indispensable. Banning PET in such a scenario would only create further challenges in implementation. The use of glass bottles as an alternative to plastic bottles can be seen. But the high energy guzzler glass needs more water for washing per case of glass bottles is approximately 20 litres, implying that close to 120 crore litres of water is used to wash 50 lakh glass bottle cases, per annum. In a state which reels under a drought-like situation almost every year, spending this huge amount of water on agriculture would be a more logical one.
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