New Delhi: A national citizen action group led by mothers has written to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) and their respective state pollution boards, highlighting the issue of the production and supply of banned single-use plastics. The letter by ‘Warrior Moms’ mentions that despite the ban that was imposed on July 1, 2022, single-use plastics (SUP) continue to be available in the market and pose a threat to the environment and the health of citizens, particularly children.
Warrior Moms are joining forces nationwide to demand action against banned single-use plastics. They sent letters to @CPCB_OFFICIAL & state pollution boards, urging them to address the alarming production & supply of these plastics despite the ban since July 2022;
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— Warrior Moms (@Warriormomsin) July 4, 2023
Emphasising the impact of single-use plastics on the environment, the group said these non-biodegradable materials persist in ecosystems, clog drains, pollute water bodies, and contribute to mounting landfills.
The letter read,
Scientific studies have also established the link between plastic pollution and health risks, including respiratory problems, endocrine disruption, and even carcinogenic effects. The recent finding of microplastics in breast milk has raised concerns among mothers.
Urging the CPCB to take necessary measures, the group said surveillance and monitoring efforts should be increased to identify manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors involved in the production and sale of banned single-use plastics.
The letter read,
Strict penalties and fines should be implemented to deter non-compliance. Relevant authorities, such as local police departments and state pollution control boards must forge partnerships, to ensure coordinated efforts in cracking down on the production and supply chains.
They further said comprehensive awareness campaigns should be launched to educate the public about the effects of single-use plastics and promote sustainable alternatives.
Resources should be allocated towards research and development of viable alternatives to single-use plastics, fostering innovation in the field of eco-friendly materials and packaging.
The group further suggested investment in the development and expansion of recycling facilities and waste management systems.
“We believe that by implementing these proactive measures, the CPCB can demonstrate its commitment to safeguarding the environment and protecting the health and well-being of citizens,” they said in the letter.
The Delhi-based group of Warrior Moms is also collecting banned single-use plastics from various cities across the country and will be delivering them to the CPCB. The group said,
This action aims to highlight the urgency of the situation and emphasise the need for immediate intervention to curb the production of banned single-use plastics.
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