On the eve of World Environment Day, Manipur government announced its plan to construct centres for collection of discarded plastic material soon in the valley districts. L. Radhakishore Singh, chairperson of Manipur Pollution Control Board, announced the plan during an awareness campaign on Sunday.
The initiative has been taken up with the aim of making the people aware about the economic utility of waste plastic material and to control its random disposal. In the proposed centres, anyone can sell waste plastic material at the rate of Rs 9-13 per kg.
Radhakishore appreciated Global Foundation for Sustainable Future for the campaign that was organised in connection with World Environment Day 2018 under the theme of ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’.
Plastic has become an essential commodity in daily life and hence it would not be possible to completely stop its use immediately, Radhakishore said. He stated that the first and foremost step is to control the problem of plastic disposal. Radhakishore also feared that plastic waste is polluting the Loktak Lake. He stated that if the waste is not disposed or recycled, it will most likely be drained and dumped at Loktak Lake, which is the only floating lake of the country.
As a part of the programme, environment friendly carry bags and pencils were also launched along with awareness campaign and social service at Ningthoukhong Keithel.