Uttarakhand launches India's first polythene waste bank for sustainable waste management
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On September 25, 2023, Dehradun Cantt Board in Uttarakhand launched the first three polythene waste banks in the country.
An Overview of the News
These polythene waste banks are strategically placed, two of which are in Garhi and one in Premnagar.
The inauguration of Garhi Kuda Bank was presided over by State Urban Development Minister Premchand Aggarwal.
The primary objective of these garbage banks is twofold: waste management and income generation.
Various polythene waste items including bags, chips wrappers, packing bags, plastic cutters and bread wrappers will be collected.
Contributors will be compensated at the rate of Rs 3 per kg for the polythene waste brought by them.
The collected polythene waste will be processed to make decorative items like tiles, boards and utensils.
Expansion Plans and Environmental Impact:
Additional polythene waste banks are planned to be operational soon, including at places like Bindal Chowki, Dairy Farm in Garhi, and Special Wing in Premnagar.
This initiative has set a target to purchase a minimum of 70 tonnes and a maximum of 100 tonnes of polythene waste every month.
This initiative addresses the issue of low-value plastics such as polythene bags and chip wrappers, for which there is often a lack of buyers and markets.
Polyethylene waste banks aim to provide a solution for responsible disposal of such waste, which can potentially have a positive impact on waste management and the environment.
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