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Plastic Recycling September 12, 2019 01:30:36 PM

Traders Body Launches Nationwide Campaign Against Use of Single-Use Plastics

Paul Ploumis
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The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) announced launch of a nationwide campaign to boost efforts to eliminate single-use plastic bags in the country. The “Say No to Plastic” campaign will be conducted among the entire trading community.

Traders Body Launches Nationwide Campaign Against Use of Single-Use Plastics

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) announced launch of a nationwide campaign to boost efforts to eliminate single-use plastic bags in the country. The “Say No to Plastic” campaign will be conducted among the entire trading community. As part of efforts aimed at scrapping usage of single use plastics, the country had decided to impose ban on six items- plastic bags, cups, plates, small bottles, straws and certain types of sachets, with effect from October 2.

In a press release, CAIT noted that traders being the last mile link with over 130 crore people of the country, need to be educated and made aware of the ill-effects of using plastics. However, B.C. Bhartia, President, CAIT stated that such a ban is likely to impact thousands of domestic companies that produce plastic. He noted that these industries provide employment to tens of thousands of people in the country. The strict implementation of the proposed ban may lead to huge unemployment. The government should do the needful to ensure effective rehabilitation of the affected employees, it said.

The trade body urged traders across the country to start using cloth or jute bags instead of plastic ones, with effect from October 2nd. The charges for the bags must be levied from customers, it said. Also, shoppers must be encourages to bring non-plastic bags. The CIAT urged Union Environment Ministry to organize a meeting of all stakeholders in order to make the campaign a success.


As per the recent study conducted by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), the country generates nearly 26 metric tonnes of plastic every single day, out of which around 11 metric tonnes remain uncollected.

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