PUNE: Even after the plastic ban in the state, many residential societies in the city are still disposing of their garbage in plastic carry bags and disposable plastic bags.
Different pockets of the city including residential societies of Kondhwa, Baner, Wakad, Hinjewadi, Pimple Saudagar are still using plastic bags.
Debarun Ghosh, a resident of Dwarkadheesh Residency, Pimple Saudagar, said, “We are not able to figure out what to do with the leftover stock of plastic still present in our houses. Maximum of the people are facing the same issue so we use it to dispose of garbage. Moreover, it is a big issue to find out an alternative to the disposable plastics used for garbage as disposing of wet garbage is difficult.”
Suresh Jagtap, Assistant Municipal Commissioner of Solid Waste Management Department, Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), said, “There is no initiative decided from the government so we are not able to plan solutions for collecting garbage bags from the city. Moreover, there is no fine or penalty charged to the people who use plastic bags to throw garbage so we can’t charge them regarding any issue.”
Aparna Susarla, Director of SWaCH said, “We have observed mix situations on receiving plastic disposable garbage bags from residents. We have observed many residents are throwing garbage in plastic bags and many are throwing dry and wet waste directly in the garbage collection truck without using any plastic material. We think it is due to the availability of leftover plastic bags in their houses for which they are using it. On the other hand, we have taught many residents to use paper liners to throw wet garbage.”