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4 metros alone trash 780 tonnes of plastic every day

                                                                                             The Times of India, New Delhi,  4th April, 2013

Faced with staggering figures on plastic waste generation in the country, the Supreme Court on Wednesday suggested a two-pronged strategy for effective implementation of plastic waste management and ban on gutka and panmasala mixed with chewing tobacco and nicotine.

 Around 780 tonnes of plastic waste is added to the litter in the four metros every day, the Central Pollution Control Board told the Supreme Court on Wednesday. The CPCB said a survey conducted in 60 major cities found that 15,342.46 tonnes of plastic waste was generated every day, amounting to 56 lakh tonnes a year.

As 40% of plastic waste generated is not recycled, the daily addition to untreated plastic in Delhi is estimated at 275.6 tonnes, followed by Chennai (171.6 tonnes), Kolkata (170 tonnes) and Mumbai (163.2 tonnes).

Another additional solicitor general, Indira Jaising, painted an equally grim health scenario by informing  that the ban on ‘gutka’ and ‘pan masala’ laced with tobacco had not been effective due to manufacturers  playing  truant with the law while a lethargic state machinery  compounded  matters.

Taking a cue from CPCB’s survey, the bench chose Delhi, Bangalore Agra, Faridabad and Jaipur and asked the commissioners of civic bodies to file affidavits within four weeks detailing steps taken to dispose of the waste responsibly. On ban on gutka and pan masala, the bench asked health secretaries concerned to file their response in four weeks.