Low-mi­cron plas­tic bags are the big­gest cul­prit

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - HT FOR NAVI MUMBAI - Sang­hami­tra Sen­gupta & Ab­hishek Desai sang­hami­tra. sen­gupta @ hin­dus­tan­times. com

NAVI MUM­BAI: Con­sid­er­ing the prob­lem of clogged drains that come with ac­cu­mu­la­tion of plas­tic waste, the government banned the use, sale and man­u­fac­ture of plas­tic bags of less than 50 mi­crons and 8x12 inches (20cmx30cm) man­u­fac­tured from poly­thene or polypropy­lene af­ter the July 2006 Mum­bai del­uge.

While the satel­lite city did not face ma­jor prob­lems dur­ing the 2006 del­uge, ex­cept mi­nor water log­gings at cer­tain ar­eas for a few hours, au­thor­i­ties say that plas­tic still con­tin­ues to get stuck in the drainages and reg­u­lar clean-ups are re­quired to be done to keep that in check.

“Of the 15- 20% of plas­tic waste found, only 9-10% turns out to be pure plas­tic which is recyclable in the form of gran­ules to serve as a base ma­te­rial for any plas­tic. Non-recyclable plas­tic, largely com­pris­ing plas­tic bags un­der 50 mi­crons, is a ma­jor con­cern. It is light weight, gets blown away eas­ily and sticks to other green waste. And on top of it, such plas­tic is of no value, and ends up chok­ing drains,” said Mo­han Da­gaonkar, city en­gi­neer.

“Fre­quent clean­ing is the only so­lu­tion to this men­ace. The civic body does reg­u­lar drain clean- ups to en­sure plas­tic waste does not choke drains and sew­ers,” he added.

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