500 kg of plastic collected from banks of Mutha river

ST Correspondent
Monday, 21 May 2018

MPMA and SWaCH come forward and organise a river clean-up programme

PUNE: To clean plastic waste from banks of Mutha river, Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association (MPMA), along with SWaCH, Pune Municipal Corporation and other NGOs of the city, came forward and organised a river clean-up programme from Mahtra bridge to Bhide bridge on Sunday.

The organisations involved in this drive collected and segregate the waste and made a brand audit of the collected waste.

BJP corporator Madhuri Sahasrabudhe, along with NGOs including Pune District Co-operative Housing Federation, Maharashtra Vikas Kendra, Jeevitnadi and Smagrah Nadi Parivar, also participated in the drive. Ravi Jashnani, President of MPMA, said, “In the backdrop of the plastic ban, plastic on the river bank has to be cleaned regularly. Also, being a plastic manufacturer, it’s our responsibility as well to collect the plastic waste from the environment. We had asked SWaCh to initiate this drive so that people should understand that there should be no plastic waste in the environment.”

Sunil Joshi, Founder President of Samagrah Nadi Parivar, said, “We want to educate people on the relationship with rivers. Not to pollute the river and respect it.”

Suresh Jagtap, solid waste management head of PMC, said, “Even after conducting plastic collection drive, we can see plastic all over the place. People are not yet educated about danger caused by plastic. Still, we are trying our level best to educate people on it and hope that the plastic waste will reduce soon in the city.” 

- More than 500 kg of plastic waste was collected from the 4 km stretch. 
- There were 100 volunteers for the drive, of which 30 were waste pickers from SWaCH.
- The drive was specially organised to get inputs on what brands of plastic waste are lying on the banks of the river like multi-layer packaging materials, bottles or plastic bags. The identification data of brands of plastic waste collected will be released after two days, said Aparna Sursarla, director of SWaCH.  
- A report of this audit will also be submitted to the Maharashtra government to help them take action against companies whose waste packaging is found to be in large numbers, said Ravi Jashnani, President of Maharashtra Plastic Manufacturers Association.

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