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Simple and effective- Best ways to dispose of plastic!

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India consumes an estimated 16.5 million tonnes, about 1.6 million truck full of plastic annually, of which 25-30% percent remains uncollected as per this June 2018
report. The plastic processing industry is estimated to grow to 22 million tonnes per year by 2020, as per another study. The sad part is that the current situation of disposing plastic is not easy to explain. One cannot dispose of plastic like other forms of garbage. Plastic is strong, flexible and durable, making it extremely useful and hard-to-break. As useful as it might be, it does create harm to the environment by entering the oceans every day and staying there forever, becoming toxic ‘food’ for marine life.

Plastic Waste Crisis

The consumption of plastic has been increasing by 10 percent year-on-year but the disposal methods of plastic have not evolved and that makes the situation murky for us. Multiple factors add to the problem – for instance, there’s
no segregation at the waste source, many amongst us still use one bin for all kinds of waste.
Lack of awareness about segregation leads to a bigger problem. Plastic makes up about eight percent of total solid waste in India, according to the
government and this plastic comes from the use of single-use plastic such as bags, cutlery and straws alone. It is estimated that 80% of marine litter comes from land and this hotchpotch ends up in landfills. However, it should be considered that
plastic itself is not that bad, but the way people dispense it, that creates a negative environmental impact. We all need to work towards changing this.

Simple Habits Need To Change

The problem is irresponsible human behavior in disposing of plastic. If recycled, plastic can be made to form recycled polyester which in turn is made to produce a number of things like shoes, T-shirts, bags, etc. thereby causing less strain on natural resources, then plastic has value. Every individual can contribute by making small changes in their consumption and dumping patterns. To begin with, let’s follow these simple, basic rules:

  • After using any plastic product, wash it with clear water
  • Crush the bottle or container
  • Store them separately from the wet waste
  • Handover plastic waste to the plastic agents (Kabadiwalas)

Divide and Rule

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For effective waste disposal, segregation is the key. Segregating at the source is one of the best ways to manage waste in a better way. There is no complete segregation at the source in India due to a lack of awareness and information about recycling. The littered waste clogs the public spaces and marine life. Dividing waste into different elements can help keep the environment clean. Plastic is to be kept separately from the wet/liquid and organic waste so that it is easy to hand it over for recycling. The clean segregated plastic should be sent for recycling through ragpickers/ recycling agencies.

Be The Change You Want To See

We all know how we have polluted our surroundings by neglecting the way we use and dispose of plastic. To improve the quality of living, we will have to go back to the basics we had all learned in school:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle
  • Educate

To educate and create awareness about the use and proper disposal of plastic, Bisleri International Pvt. Ltd. initiated a program called Bottles For Change.


Bottles For Change- Keeping The Environment Clean

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As the name suggests, the
initiative focuses on creating awareness amongst all citizens about plastic segregation, recycling of all types of plastic and best practices towards a cleaner environment. As a part of the program, various sessions on plastic recycling awareness and collection have been conducted and several drives have been initiated in schools, colleges, corporate offices, malls, festive & social gatherings, events, etc. This initiative by Bisleri is also creating a lot of opportunities for waste pickers to collect used but clean plastics through various channels. It saves their time as people already keep their waste segregated at the source and can be sent for recycling directly. The program also helps waste pickers to collect large amounts of clean plastics at a time, fetching them a good income. Bottles For Change has been an inspiring initiative as it is more than just a responsibility. It helps in:

  • Conserving natural resources
  • Saving landfill space
  • Reducing CO2 emission
  • Preserving Flora and Fauna

Human actions have triggered the imbalance in the environment that continues to affect nature. Simple and effective habits like prohibiting single-use plastic items such as straws, cutlery, etc, segregating plastic waste from the wet waste, disposing it properly, handing over the waste for recycling, etc. can make a huge impact if followed by every individual. Let’s recycle plastic responsibly and contribute to a cleaner environment.

Disclaimer: This article has been produced on behalf of Bottles for Change by Times Internet’s Spotlight Team.

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