The green crusader pitched for plastic in Sitapur

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The green crusader pitched for plastic in Sitapur


Constituency Digital Newspaper / Other   /   Jun 08, 2015
Radha Mishra
Radha Mishra
Writing is her passion. She is an ex Reporter with a National Daily and holding an important position in an NGO. The social and political writer is Post Graduate in Journalism and Mass Communication.

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Lucknow: Different from other environmentalist’s anti-plastic stand to protect the environment, Colonel PS Bindra - green crusader and commanding officer of the 22 UP Battalion of NCC (posted at Sitapur) is of the view that prohibition on plastics would practically dole out no motive.

"The need of the hour is to curtail the generation and subsequent circulation of plastic, and this could be achieved by effectively ensuring re-sale of plastic and polythene to junk dealers, who would further sell them to the recycling units at a higher rate," said Bindra.
The size of the plastic junk bazaar in India stands at a massive Rs 200 crore, and if suitably utilised, this garbage could enhance the living standards of the junk traders and their family members.

Bindra had been succeeded to persuade students of 23 schools, who after a set time gap, trade the junk material collected from their homes to the concerned junk merchant in Sitapur.
"Clean plastic has a resale value. So, if you clean the empty milk packet, and other plastic packing, then it will definitely fetch some money. The junk dealers are willing to take these plastic packets, but they insist that they will take the clean ones," he said. Even the rag pickers and garbage collectors run a considerable part of this everyday selling and if this knowledge creeps into public's intellect; it will certainly help the rag pickers to enhance their living.

Citing achievement, Bindra said, he conveyed resident in Bhatinda to collect milk packets after cleaning them at a fixed site. "After a month, we collected more than 100 kg of milk packets, which was sold to the junk dealers, and the money collected was equally divided and given to the residents. Similarly, the sale of clean plastic helped a junk dealer in Tezpur cantonment to increase his profits," said the green crusader.

The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi. The views expressed here are those of the authors and doesn’t reflect the official policy of Janpratinidhi.
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