Thrissur: The Thrissur Corporation is making another bid to curtail plastic use after its attempts in this regard had failed earlier. As part of the effort to curb the use of plastic bags, awareness porgrammes are being held now. The use of polythene bags of thickness of below 50 microns has been banned in the first phase of implementing the decision.
The use of all types of plastic materials such as straws, bottles and carry bags will be banned in a phased manner. The corporation premises will also be declared plastic-free in the first phase.
On November 1, the Kerala state formation day, a special drive was held under the aegis of Deputy Mayor Rafi Jose at Sakthan Stand and market.
Awareness programmes were organised at different places in the city by health standing committee chairman M L Rosy, corporation secretary P Radhakrishnan, health inspectors and other officials. All shopkeepers, inducing wayside outlets, were given instructions to use paper instead of plastic bags.
The Corporation will conduct periodic awareness campaigns for one month, and after that fine will be slapped on defaulters using banned polythene bags.
The civic body had stopped the use of polythene bags below 40 microns in 2011. Though the ban was initially implemented effectively, it had to roll back the decision.
Meanwhile, confusion reigns as to how plastic used in packing pre-wrapped products can be brought under the blanket ban. Traders welcome the move despite a few irritants.
“Even raisins and cashew nuts are being wrapped in paper. We are forced to use paper bags even while selling small quantities. Plastic ban should be effectively implemented,” Jison, Biriyani Stores owner, said.
“We are not using any bags made of plastic. We have introduced cloth bags as no customer brings bags. The earlier ban was successful to a certain extent. People should cooperate to effectively curb the use of plastic,” K O Chacko, a rice trader, remarked.
“We have stopped using low-quality plastic bags a month ago. Only polythene bags with permitted micron level are used. We don’t provide sub-standard plastic carry bags as we don’t want to get into trouble,” E K Baby, fish merchant, stated.
“We have stopped using plastic bags. Fruits are sold after wrapping them in paper. Recently a person refused to buy bananas as plastic bag was not available,” M D Benny, wholesale fruit vendor, said.