New Delhi: ‘Maharashtra let’s lead the way to #BeatPlasticPollution! Each one of us can help implement the ban on #SingleUsePlastics simply by saying no to plastic bags, plastic straws, unnecessary packaging of fruits and vegetables in plastics, packaged water, and plastic cutlery,’ says Actor and UN Environment Goodwill Ambassador Dia Mirza with an appeal to make Maharashtra state-wide plastic ban which came into effect on June 23, a successful affair. According to the ban, currently, the use of single-use plastic items such as plastic bags, disposable plastic products – spoons, forks, cups, plates, glasses, bowls, and containers, disposable thermocol items and plastic or thermocol decoration products is prohibited. Violators of the ban will be fined for Rs 5,000 and Rs 10,000 for the first and second-time offence. Whereas, a third-time offender will be fined Rs 25,000 and can also face three months imprisonment.
The actor who has been voicing her support for the ban since it was first notified on March 23, took to social media once again after the ban came into force. Through a short video message, Dia Mirza urged everyone to take plastic ban in the state seriously, she said,
Let’s together take the pledge to beat plastic pollution. We need to end and stop the use of single-use plastic items.
She further added,
Let us also come together to ensure we have better waste management systems. Plastic waste has a value chain that must be created. End producers responsibility and citizens participation is a must.
See Dia Mirza’s Post
Let us also come together to ensure we have better waste management systems! Plastic waste has a value chain that must be created. End producers responsibility and citizens participation to #BeatPlasticPollution #Maharashtra #SayNoToSingleUsePlastics @AUThackeray @AfrozShah1 https://t.co/eecG8iJ95U
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) June 24, 2018
What Is The Government Is Doing?
To provide the green alternatives to public and give a demo on how to cope up with the plastic ban, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) organised a three-day exhibition at the National Sports Club Of India, Worli, for everyone from June 22 to June 24. In the exhibition, around 60 organisations displayed their eco-friendly products – from eco-friendly cutlery to a recycled nursery for the plant lovers, cloth bags and bio-degradable decorations, the exhibition displayed almost everything.
Along with this step, the government has collaborated with various women self-help groups that will help in providing green alternatives. Moreover, the government has also set up a toll-free helpline (1800-222-357) for queries regarding the plastic ban and information regarding the plastic collection centres.