Plastic Bag Free Day in Manipur: Forest staff collect plastic wastes

Range forest officer Kakching Naorem Munal Meitei said that although the observation was started in 1965 worldwide, the target had not been achieved so far.

The staff of Range Forest Office Kakching and Forest Beat Office Pallel jointly came out to observe the ‘55th International Plastic Bag Free Day’ on Friday.

The team observed the day by collecting and cleaning plastic products and wastes at Kakching Lamkhai area.

Speaking to the media, the range forest officer Kakching Naorem Munal Meitei told that although the observation was started in 1965 worldwide, the target had not been achieved so far. 

He briefed that according to some data, it is believed that around 5 billion plastic bags were being used yearly across the world. “This has become a major threat and a challenge to human civilization. Developing countries like India are the main victims of the harmful effects of plastic use, though series of awareness are being given on the topic,” he added.

He also said that there are more than 200 shops at Kakching Lamkhai area while adding that the plastic wastes coming out from these shops are also uncountable. “So, we should stop using plastic materials and also discourage using them anywhere,” he said.

Munal further requested the public not to use plastics as far as possible. If used due to unavoidable circumstances, then please keep them in a proper place so that there will be no need for picking them up like that day, he appealed. "Let us all make Kakching Lamkhai market a plastic free area" he added.

First Published:July 4, 2020, 8:14 a.m.

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