Delhi: Markets Buckle for July 1st Plastic Ban with Posters and Awareness Campaign | Delhi News
NEW DELHI: 28 markets in the nation’s capital are bracing for a ban on single-use plastic from July 1, with traders putting up signs outside their establishments asking customers to bring carrier bags and merchant associations urging merchants to avoid using prohibited items.
The associations said they are also running awareness campaigns to inform all traders about the single-use plastic (SUP) ban and the alternative items they can use.
In the latest Plastic Waste Management Rules Notification, 2022, released in February, all states and Union Territories (UTs) were urged to phase out SUPs in a planned manner by July 1, 2022.
SUP items identified include headphones, plastic balloon sticks, flags, candy sticks, ice cream sticks, polystyrene (thermocol) plates, cups, glasses, forks, spoons, knives, straws, trays, wrapping or wrapping film around candy boxes, invitation cards, cigarette packs, plastic or PVC banners under 100 microns, stirrers.
While many stores in markets like Connaught Place have already switched to eco-friendly alternatives, markets like Sarojini Nagar are struggling to implement the ban, according to trade associations.
They are still taking steps to persuade customers and traders to avoid single-use plastic items
“We are running an awareness campaign to inform traders. We have given them a list of prohibited items,” said Ashok Randhawa, chairman of Mini Market Association, Sarojini Nagar.
“Many stores have already switched to paper or clothing bags. We are also putting up signs outside stores asking customers to bring their own bags,” he said.
At Connaught Place, the majority of businesses already use paper bags or cloth bags.
For Atul Bhargava, who heads the New Delhi Traders Association, it’s the small sellers who worry.
He said small vendors like “chaiwallahs and small restaurants” continue to use plastic cups and other cutlery.
“We have informed all our members to remove prohibited items as a clean environment is also beneficial for us,” Bhargava said.
“It is very difficult to follow them. As plastic items are cheaper, small sellers use them. We can only educate them, that they turn to environmentally friendly alternatives,” he said. he declares.
Similar concerns were echoed by Randhawa, who said the profit margin is quite low and there is fierce competition among vendors.
“A cloth bag usually costs around 6 rupees while a plastic bag only costs 50 paisa. So traders prefer plastic. We can’t even upset customers by refusing to supply the bags, so everyone has to take responsibility here, from government to vendors to customers,” he said.
Meanwhile, Sanjiv Mehra, the chairman of Khan Market Traders Association, claimed that 99% of shops in the famous market use eco-friendly items.
The remaining 1% are those who cannot afford to replace paper or cloth bags with plastic bags, he said.
He also expressed his displeasure that alternatives were not provided by the government before announcing the ban.
“I understand that you ban items for the betterment of the environment, but where are the affordable and eco-friendly alternatives,” he said.
Judging by the numbers, the government’s whip against the plastic threat is a bit misguided.
According to the Our World in Data website, India is among the countries that produce the most mismanaged plastic waste.
India contributes 21.04% of the total mismanaged plastic waste globally, according to data published by Our World in Data in 2019, even though it is among the countries with the lowest per capita plastic waste generation in the world. world.
By comparison, the United States produces 0.43% of total mismanaged plastic waste, despite being one of the largest consumers and manufacturers of plastic.