Plastic Bag Free Hours
making citizens less dependent on plastic bags
Ramdas Kokare, Chief Officer of Vengurla Municipality, has made Vengurla and many towns waste free by adopting many innovative ways – Converting landfills into parks, waste segregation, bio-gas generation, composting etc. He has been awarded nationally and internationally for his efforts. Many other villages and towns in the state now are studying and practicing his techniques.
One of the ways he instilled the habit of using less plastic among the citizens was introducing plastic-free hours in a day. During these hours, everyone would refrain from using plastic – buying or consuming in other ways.
Courtesy - The Better India
The Town Council asked the vendors and shopkeepers to stop using plastic for about an hour every day.
With time, the Council increased the hours until everyone stopped giving plastic bags completely.