Telangana: With government and organisations coming up with innovative ways to shun plastic items, India seems to be on the cusp of an uprising against plastic waste. Joining the bandwagon is Telangana’s Mulugu district, which recently launched an initiative called ‘Give 1 Kg Plastic Waste to Get 1 Kg Rice’ across 174 villages.
The effort comes after the imposed ban on the use of single-use plastic items like straws, spoons, glasses, carry bags, and so on.
C Narayana Reddy, District Collector, Mulugu has initiated the cause , as a part of a campaign started by him on 16 October 2019 to make Mulugu District free from single use plastic.
Speaking on the event Reddy said that, “We have started this campaign to see the Mulugu district free from single use plastic before Medaram Jathara Festival on 5 Feb, 2020. A total of 44,848 kg of single use plastic waste has been exchanged by public till now.”
He also added that, “Rice is only an incentive to educate people about plastic waste and why it needs to be banned in the region. Our district is famous for wildlife sanctuaries and temples that attract thousands of tourists from across the country. Though the authorities try to maintain cleanliness, the plastic menace still thrives. This initiative is our commitment to make India free from single-use plastic by 2020.” (Input from ANI)