New Delhi: June 23 will see a state wide plastic ban in India’s second most populous state- Maharashtra. With less than 24 hours left for the implementation of the ban, civic officials seem all geared up to ensure effective implementation of the ban. From imposing hefty fines, to enlightening people about the things that are included and excluded from the ban, to suggesting alternatives to the banned plastic items, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has tried to ensure it all and till the very end. Just a day before the ban comes into effect, a three day exhibition at the National Sports Club Of India, Worli, got launched to showcase alternatives to plastic where 60 companies and 50 Self Help Groups are on board.
Reactions on social media come divided. While many celebrities, leaders and well known personalities and citizens have come out in support of the #PlasticBan. There are also the sceptics. Have a look-
“Have you made the big switch yet?”, asks actor Juhi Chawla.
Have you made the big switch yet? pic.twitter.com/3Z34UTUYwk
— Juhi Chawla (@iam_juhi) June 21, 2018
It is hard to give one’s favorite things, but for the environment, people are giving up their beloved plastic items.
Society has sent a message that there is a Plastic collection bin placed in the premises.
Mom is finally collecting all her precious plastic Knick knacks / bags and stuff for disposal.
Never thought I’d see this day ????????..she’s a plastic lover!#PlasticBan
— Nisha (@finenish) June 22, 2018
“The citizens of the city are receiving a lot of response from the Pune Municipal Corporation’s PlasticBandi campaign. The new Deluxe Laundry has deposited a whopping 150 kg of plastic. When will you do?”
पुणे महानगरपालिकेच्या प्लॅस्टिकबंदी अभियानास शहरातील नागरिकांचा भरघोस प्रतिसाद मिळत आहे. नवी पेठेतील डिलक्स लॉन्ड्रीने त्यांच्याकडील तब्बल १५० किलो प्लॅस्टिक जमा केले आहे. आपण कधी करणार ?
#PlasticBan #pune #pmc #plasticfreefriday @SwachhMaha @SwachhBharatGov pic.twitter.com/J4p9wEm0ij
— PMC Care (@PMCPune) June 22, 2018
Taking inspiration from people around the globe, Mumbaikars share alternatives to commonly used plastic bags.
Can try this : Edible Bags..???? #India #maharashtra #MumbaiNews #Mumbai #PlasticBan #plastic #plasticbags #plasticschallenge@Dev_Fadnavis @hashMumbai @SI_pune #environmental #Pune #plasticpollution #plasticfree #PlasticsStrategy #sustainable @WeAreMumbai @mymalishka https://t.co/qQpzkBNf4s
— BlueTreeLakes (@bluetreelakes) June 22, 2018
Make nature cool, says twitterati, suggesting citizens to bid adieu to plastic bags and adopt eco-friendly bags
Sometimes, some key innovations wanted your nod as well attention too.
— A S YADAV (@ImAman_Allhabdi) June 22, 2018
— MySocietyClub -Housing Society Management Software (@mysocietyclub) April 8, 2018
Until and unless vendors stop giving products in plastic packaging, consumers will not think of adopting other products, and that is what twitter has to say.
Taking forward the Maharashtra plastic ban, Mumbai’s beach warriors plan to clean up the existing plastic waste created by us.
Welcoming the #PlasticBan with cleanup.
Join us Tomorrow at 10am near sai baba temple, Worli Fort & on sunday at 4pm behind Kirti college, Dadar beach.
— Chinu Kwatra (@chinukofficial) June 22, 2018
While some are working on abiding by the state wide ban, others are still confused on what all plastic items are included and excluded from the ban.
— Salilacharya (@Salilacharya) June 21, 2018
Also, there are people, who seem clueless about viable alternatives to plastic and don’t see much happy with the ban.
Purchased ravaa half kg… Got in this. #plasticBan ke side effects.
Saw they were giving sugar.. grains in such kinda bags only.
Huge difficulty for customers.. ????
Need some alternative! pic.twitter.com/bGyMRymPxC
— Lightbringer (@meAnonyMi) June 17, 2018
@Dev_Fadnavis #PlasticBan Please give a clear idea whether garbage liner plastic bags are allowed or not. There are confusing reports. Is there a helpdesk where a general citizen like myself can get queries solved?
— Vandini (@Vandini9) June 22, 2018
— Bharat Punjabi (@BharatvPunjabi) June 22, 2018
#PlasticBan Garbage bags banned too?how do we dispose off our segregated garbage?no garbage bags available#maharashtra
— paresh (@pallukaka) June 21, 2018