Imphal, Nov 14
As part of concerted effort to curb plastic pollution in the State, Municipal Administration, Housing and Urban Development (MAHUD) Minister Thounaojam Shyamkumar today launched Green Bag a local product of the Usham Group at the Khwairamband Ima Market. Apart from launching the programme, 2 lakh paper bags were distributed in and around the Khwairamband market today.
Addressing the media persons, Th. Shyamkumar said that plastic pollution is currently one of the biggest concerns facing the world. He said the plastic pollution negatively impacts the natural environment, creating problems for the plants, wildlife and human population. The threat of plastic pollution includes killing plant life and posing dangers to local animals, he added.
Speaking on the long term long-term effects of plastic pollution, he said the plastic pollution upsets the food chain, causes groundwater pollution, land and air pollution. He further said as plastic is made from toxic compounds causing illness and because it is meant for durability, it is not biodegradable.
He said the problem can be addressed by individuals and companies around the world agreeing to implement practices that reduce waste on every level. He said as an initiative for reducing plastic waste we can carry reusable or biodegradable bags which can be used for every purpose such as grocery shopping. Even shops and business involving packaging and storing items can replace plastics by biodegradable or reusable products.
He appealed to the citizens of the State and all the stakeholders to support the Government to help in beating the plastic pollution. He said local support is needed to make all the initiatives of stakeholders such as today’s Green Bag launch programme a grand success.
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