Adimali: Amid the push to reduce the use of plastic several alternatives are being put forward. Recycling is a way out even though it doesn't reduce our dependence on plastic. As part of the efforts to make the Adimali panchayat in Idukki district plastic-free, a booth to collect used plastic bottles has been opened near the Cheeyappara waterfall.
Travellers visiting the tourist spot at Cheeyappara can deposit the plastic bottles in this booth instead of littering them. The panchayat authorities would periodically clear the booth of these bottles.
As part of the panchayat’s campaign to make the areas surrounding the waterfalls free of plastic, the use of both paper and plastic tumblers had been banned at wayside eateries near Cheeyappara.
The booth has been established near the waterfall by joining hands with Mondelez International, an American multinational company. It was opened by panchayat president Deepa Rajiv in the presence of Mondelez assistant manager M D Joseph and others.
Recently, it was reported that the Indian Railways has set a target of installing plastic water bottle crushers in 407 of its stations in metros and big cities. Plastic bottle crushers are set to come up at all A1 and A category stations.
In the West, the sale of plastic and glass bottles as well as aluminium cans are subject to recycling laws. The public are also rewarded for recycling plastic bottles and aluminium cans.