Plastic, the non-recyclable monster that has been eating up our environment for decades now, was banned by the Maharashtra government on 23 July 2018. Although the government is altering the rules that it had previously imposed, the fight against one-time-use plastic is on.
Many industries, businesses and even individuals have taken the ban in a good spirit. A restaurant in Pune, for instance, rose to the occasion and revamped its packaging policies. You can read the story here.
Suddenly, all the plastic stored away in houses seems to be a burden for many. Since plastic bags cannot be used anymore in Maharashtra, what can one do but store it away?
Throwing them all away in garbage defeats the purpose because they will just end up in landfills, and not everyone knows how to recycle them.
However, if you live in Kalyan or Dombivli (or are willing to travel there), the Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation (KDMC) is there to help you. You can now deposit the plastic items that you wish to throw away, in the plastic banks installed in KDMC’s D ward office, Subhash Maidan and Sutikagruha in Dombivli East.
If you have too much plastic at home and don’t know how to carry it to the banks, KDMC and NGOs like the Urja Foundation, Eco Samtol Works and Jagruk Nagrik Sanstha can even pick it up from your home!
Speaking to Daily News & Analysis, Prasad Thakur, the Public Relations Officer of KDMC said,
“People can come and deposit all the plastic they have and want to get rid of… Those who have more than 10 kg plastic can call these centres for a free pick-up.”
Here are the addresses and phone numbers if you want to dispose of your stored plastic items:
1. Subhash Maidan, Kalyan
2. Sutikagruha in Dombivli East
3. KDMC’s D ward office, Kalyan East
Or call 810487 4500/ 99673 30951 for a free pick up.
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)