A Bank With A Green Mission: The Safai Bank Of India Aims To Prevent Plastic Wrappers From Ending Up In Landfills

A Bank With A Green Mission: The Safai Bank Of India Aims To Prevent Plastic Wrappers From Ending Up In Landfills

With the help of more than 180 branches across the country, the Safai Bank of India has till now stopped more than 22 Lakh plastic wrappers from reaching landfills
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A Bank With A Green Mission: The Safai Bank Of India Aims To Keep Plastic Wrappers From LandfillsIn a bid to do away with the used packets of chocolates, snacks and other items that use plastic packaging, Safai Bank of India collects those and dispose off responsibly

New Delhi: With a mission to reduce the plastic waste reaching landfills and the damage caused by plastic wrappers and packaging material, a Mumbai based NGO Mumbai Sustainablity Centre (MSC) has been running ‘Safai Bank of India’ (SBI). The initiative which was started in 2018 has now expanded to various other parts of the country including Delhi and National Capital Region. Rishi Agarwal, an environmentalist in Mumbai who founded MSC and started SBI said that through Safai Bank millions of plastic wrappers can be diverted from reaching city’s dumping grounds and landfills.

Also Read: Students From Ambikapur’s School Are Sending Empty Wrappers To Food Companies, Here’s Why

While talking about the idea behind starting a bank to manage plastic waste, Mr. Agarwal told NDTV,

I have a long association with the subject of waste management. Right after I finished college, I started working on environmental issues like saving the mangrove forest in Mumbai, waste segregation, and air pollution among other issues. As part of my work, I used to visit landfills and dumping yard frequently. After looking at the waste crisis facing our cities, plastic waste and waste management became core areas of my focus. I believe that waste management is the easiest thing that can be done to save the environment from the adverse impacts of the growing waste on the planet. It just needs a little effort and will. To tackle the issue of waste and plastic, I started ‘Safai Bank of India’ in 2018.

‘Don’t Bin It, Bank It’- Motto Of The Safai Bank Of India

Explaining the working of SBI, Mr. Agarwal highlighted that the initiative entails collection points at school, colleges, commercial complexes and residential areas. People can deposit plastic wrappers at these collection points. Any individual or school or commercial entity, who is committed towards a clean India, can become an account holder at SBI and operate a collection point at their home or any other space. One can even opt to open a new branch or become a coordinator at Safai Bank. SBI currently has 185 branches across the country, 413 account holders and 160 bank coordinators. From all the branches, SBI has been able to collect more than 22 lakh (22,09,222) wrappers and packets.

Once the waste is collected at a branch, it is sent to recycling companies which have collaborated with SBI. The recycling companies further send the wrappers to cement companies for incineration in the cement kilns. Mr. Agarwal said,

Most consumer goods are wrapped in multi-layered plastic which cannot be recycled and so it is sent to cement companies that burn these wrappers in the cement kiln in a controlled environment at a temperature more than 1500 degrees celsius. Through this method, no air pollution is produced because at such high temperature, the plastic loses its hydrocarbons and other impurities leaving no residues behind.

He further asserted that at dumping ground, when the wrappers get mixed with other types of waste and burnt, the temperature is much lower and so produces harmful gases like dioxins which not only pollute the environment but also cause hormonal imbalance in humans and cancer.

A Bank With A Green Mission: The Safai Bank Of India Aims To Keep Plastic Wrappers From Landfills
The plastic wrappers collected by SBI are sent to cement companies for incineration in the cement kilns

Mr. Agarwal highlighted that while SBI takes the deposits of plastic wrappers, it does not give the depositor anything in return except the satisfaction of disposing of the plastic waste responsibly. He said,

Being an environmentalist group, our aim is to encourage people to reduce the consumption of plastic wrappers. So we decided not to keep any rewards for depositing the plastic wrappers because it may lead to an increase in consumption. We also do not charge anything for our services. We receive support from recycling companies and CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) project of JSW Steel Limited (earlier known as Jindal South West) that is also running a very successful SBI branch on its campus and has collected over two lakh wrappers from its network of employees and customers.

Also Read: Year 2019: India Struggles To Reduce Its Plastic Footprint And Be A Plastic-Free Country By 2022

Safai Bank Currently Takes Only Multi-Layered Plastic Deposits

Safai Bank of India is currently collecting only plastic wrappers that are made from multi-layered plastic (MLP) which is one of the largest types of plastic waste being generated with poor disposal procedures. Mr. AgarwaL highlighted that the maximum amount of waste at any landfill is that of MLP wrappers and by targeting these, a huge burden from the landfills can be taken off. He said,

While items like plastic bottles can be recycled, these MLP packets are non-recyclable, due to which even the rag pickers leave these.

Multi-layered plastics are made up of one or more layers of plastics with a thin layer of aluminium laminated in between paper of plastic layers. A study conducted by Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) in May 2018 cited that Multilayered Plastic (MLP) accounted for 48 per cent of all plastic waste in India. Commonly used in the packaging of chips, biscuits, chocolates, mouth-fresheners, and tobacco, MLP is non-recyclable and has no alternate use, according to the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC). Therefore, in March 2018, MoEFCC notified an amendment in the Plastic Waste Management (Amendment) Rules 2018, adding MLP to the list of plastics that it expects to be phased out but no deadline has been set for this.

Also Read: These Young Students From Gurugram Saved 14,000 Plastic Wrappers From Ending Up In Landfills, Here’s How

Safai Bank Inspired 12-Year-Old Suhani From Gurgaon Who Bakes Muffins For Anyone Who Brings In Five MLP Wrappers

Inspired by the idea of keeping MLPs from reaching dumping yards and becoming an environmental hazard, Suhani Ravi Tewari, a 12-year-old resident of Gurugram started offering a muffin to anyone who brings to her five MLP wrappers. While talking to NDTV she said,

My school, Heritage Xperiential Learning School, Gurugram, is an account holder at SBI and at school we have been taught about the hazards of MLP, its alternatives and ways to reduce it. During my summer break, last year, I decided to help my school by creating awareness about the harmful effects of MLPs among my family members, friends and other residents of my colony.

A Bank With A Green Mission: The Safai Bank Of India Aims To Keep Plastic Wrappers From Landfills
Till now, Suhani has collected more than 15,000 wrappers which have been deposited with Safai Bank through her school

Suhani decided that each person who brings MLP wrappers to her gets a muffin baked by her as a thank you gesture. She also spoke to people in her society about reducing the use of MLP and its effective disposal. In the first week of her campaign, she managed to collect around 500 wrappers.
She receives support from her family and friends who have also helped her reach out to more people by spreading the word about her initiative on social media. She said,

I have visited Bandhwari landfill and was shocked at its state. Seeing the landfill made me realise how desperately we needed to work on this issue which is why I decided to continue the initiative even after my summer break got over.

Till now, she has collected more than 15,000 wrappers which have been deposited with Safai Bank through her school.

While currently, Safai bank is only focusing on eliminating MLPs, Mr. Agarwal said that they are working towards expanding the scope of SBI to tetra packs also for which they have started pilot projects at some places. However, he clarified that SBI will not be attempting to collect other plastic items because other kinds of plastic have monetary value and can be sold in the market which is a source of livelihood many who are engaged in rag picking. The people associated with Safai banks also advocate for ‘extended producer responsibility’ under which the companies producing the products have to take the responsibility for the collection and treatment or disposal of the waste generated after the consumption of the product like packaging or used/discarded product.

Also Read: Can India Be A ‘Plastic-Free Country’ By 2022?

World

6,03,21,440Cases
2,02,30,230Active
3,86,71,119Recovered
14,20,091Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 191 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 6,03,21,440 and 14,20,091 have died; 2,02,30,230 are active cases and 3,86,71,119 have recovered as on November 26, 2020 at 3:37 am.

India

92,66,705 44489Cases
4,52,344 7598Active
86,79,138 36367Recovered
1,35,223 524Deaths
In India, there are 92,66,705 confirmed cases including 1,35,223 deaths. The number of active cases is 4,52,344 and 86,79,138 have recovered as on November 26, 2020 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

17,95,959 6,159

85,488 1,250

16,63,723 4,844

46,748 65

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

8,78,055 1,630

24,909 278

8,41,432 1,333

11,714 19

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,64,674 831

12,673 351

8,45,039 1,176

6,962 6

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

7,74,710 1,534

11,520 355

7,51,535 1,873

11,655 16

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

5,78,363 6,491

65,234 695

5,11,008 5,770

2,121 26

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

5,45,787 5,246

38,287 214

4,98,780 5,361

8,720 99

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

5,33,355 2,305

24,876 948

5,00,835 1,328

7,644 29

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

4,66,991 3,528

24,752 128

4,34,067 3,605

8,172 51

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,16,001 730

6,212 14

3,08,102 728

1,687 16

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,66,904 862

10,784 102

2,54,676 961

1,444 3

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

2,53,767 3,285

26,320 1,123

2,25,229 2,144

2,218 18

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,31,539 694

5,225 328

2,25,077 362

1,237 4

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

2,29,203 1,877

24,676 1,861

2,01,744

2,783 16

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,24,489 2,197

20,948 183

2,01,250 1,972

2,291 42

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,12,021 182

3,277 63

2,07,766 117

978 2

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,01,949 1,540

14,287 243

1,83,756 1,283

3,906 14

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

1,98,284 1,773

13,742 763

1,81,345 996

3,197 14

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,48,435 770

7,129 295

1,36,622 444

4,684 31

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,08,158 237

2,160 82

1,05,040 316

958 3

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,07,819 489

5,264 93

1,00,892 570

1,663 12

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

72,642 482

4,658 20

66,799 450

1,185 12

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

47,193 125

1,281 60

45,229 61

683 4

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

36,820 51

540 51

35,671

609

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

36,566 837

7,875 725

28,106 99

585 13

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

32,578 50

767 23

31,441 73

370

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

24,133 193

3,248 73

20,640 115

245 5

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

16,925 77

1,127 1

15,532 77

266 1

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,174 30

968 36

15,157 66

49

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

11,513 59

915 22

10,488 37

110

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

10,991 60

1,467 6

9,463 66

61

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

8,119 91

886 32

7,125 56

108 3

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

4,819 42

236 2

4,481 44

102

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

4,677 10

137 5

4,479 15

61

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

3,765 20

441 1

3,319 21

5

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,327 2

35 2

3,290 4

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

0

0 0

0

0

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