A campaign against polythene carry bags in cities and suburbs is beginning today to root out the harmful effects of using them. The campaign would be on till March 15. The aim is to make consumers, vendors, manufacturers realise that polythene and plastics are non-biodegradable. The campaign will ensure penalty and action against those found using polythene bags under the Rajasthan Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2006.
Special teams including officials of Nagar Nigam police and environmental officials have been formed to keep a watch on the use of polythene bags in the cities.
Environmentalists say polythene bags are used by everybody from vegetable vendors to a designer stores. Most seem unable to do without them but are unaware that these are responsible for causing pollution, killing wildlife, and using up the precious resources of the Earth. Every once in a while, the government passes order on the ban of polythene bags but after some days, the campaign goes for a toss.
Once they are used, most bags go into landfills. Each year, more and more bags are ending up littering the environment. Once they become litter, plastic bags find their way into cities’ waterways, parks, beaches and streets. And, if burned, they infuse the air with toxic fumes.One of the worst environmental effects is that they are non-biodegradable and decomposition takes about 400 years.
Environmentalists suggest the use of tote bag for carrying groceries and the shopping and making it mandatory. Recycling the bags is another good option, they say