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.

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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.

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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?

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77276

101172 8018

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7313 325

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9410 1212

8334 271

272 19

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1482 95

744 31

734 64

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Salem258
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41050 1191

56021 3095

1321 57

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2088

2640 201

25 1

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614

2385 82

14

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9226 218

9069 987

275 8

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2016 78

5502 149

27 2

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2702 77

10815 160

589 8

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7434 99

24593 563

1886 19

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SawaiMadhopur26
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Tonk171
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Bundi5
Ganganagar8
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Sirohi130

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3284

14948 374

430 9

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15509 568

4239 37

11019 520

251 11

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6869 160

17221 592

735 17

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92175 2373

26304

63007 3015

2864 61

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West KarbiAnglong5

9013 431

2895 176

6106 255

12

DistrictCases
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South District3
West District0

102 1

49 1

53

0

DistrictCases
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Munger188
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Purnia135
Saran101
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Katihar175
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Muzaffarpur96
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Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

10471 222

2374 141

8020 74

77 7

DistrictCases
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Jalpaiguri88
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Bankura116
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Purulia66

19819 649

6083 124

13037 509

699 16

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
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109 9

58 8

51 1

0

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
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Mahe4
Yanam0

802 88

459 29

331 59

12

DistrictCases
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195

128

66

1

DistrictCases
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Kohima7
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Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
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501 42

319 28

182 14

0

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

0

0

0

0

DistrictCases
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Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
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Jamtara2
Koderma58
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2584 63

586 11

1983 52

15

DistrictCases
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Khowai24
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1435 39

288

1146 53

1

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

990

259

730 36

1

DistrictCases
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Shopian255
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Kishtwar10
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7849 154

2760 26

4974 118

115 10

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Shimla10

1014 35

376 21

628 14

10

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Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
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5784 116

1488

4144 277

152 3

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

2984 37

537

2405 88

42 1

DistrictCases
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Chandel5
Churachandpur32
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Imphal West21
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Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

1279 19

662

617 38

0

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

450 4

55

389 22

6

DistrictCases
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Ribhoi0
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West Khasi Hills1

56 4

13 4

42

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DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
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Saiha0
Saitual1
Serchhip0

162 2

36

126 3

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DistrictCases
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