Pune: Four Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) carried out an awareness campaign at Sinhagad Fort about the use of cloth and paper bags and stopping the use of polythene bags on Sunday.
Around 150 volunteers from Tara Foundation, Shiv Samrajya Pratishthan, Angholichi Goli and Swach Pune Swach Bharat collected three to four bags of plastic bottles from the iconic tourist spot.
Volunteers said that gradually, the amount of garbage collected is reducing, indicating that people are opting for eco-friendly methods like carrying their own water bottles instead of buying packaged water.
Tanmayi Shinde, owner of Tara Foundation, said, “We realised that the amount of waste littered here has reduced. People are disposing the plastic plates, cups and glasses in the dustbins. Some are carrying steel plates and tiffins.”
Santosh Dimble, Founder Member of Shiv Samrajya Pratishthan, said, “We were surprised to see that only three to four bags of plastic waste was collected as people have really started to keep the environment clean.
“We saw that vendors are using steel plates, spoons and glasses instead of plastic products.”
“We are going to provide paper and cloth bags to these vendors in this week. We also made the vendors aware of not burning used plastic bags and bottles.
“Instead they keep them for a few days and we collect it from them and recycle them,” he said.