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Head to 'Plastic Bank' to Junk Trash in Assam's Hailakandi

Head to 'Plastic Bank' to Junk Trash in Assam's Hailakandi

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Hailakandi, September 27, 2019:

The Municipal Board of Hailakandi has opened a ‘Plastic Bank’ where citizens can deposit banned plastic items, which will be forwarded for recycling.

Inaugurating the ‘Plastic Bank’, Hailakandi Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said that the initiative was taken in order to bring about behavioral modification and encourage an eco-friendly lifestyle.

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“Under ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’ campaign, single-use of plastic has been banned. We feel banning and penalizing is the easier part, however, the bigger challenge is in bringing about behavioral modification and encouraging an eco-friendly lifestyle," said Jalli.

Making an impassioned plea to the citizens to shun single-use plastic items, DC Jalli said, “This will be a collection point of single-use plastic like water bottles, covers, water packets etc. I request all the citizens to deposit the plastic trash in the plastic bank. The plastic items collected will be sent to the cement factory for recycling purposes or be used to make paved blocks.”

Following her appeal, some vendors instantaneously came forward to deposit stockpiles of plastic bags. The Deputy Commissioner went on a felicitation drive of the vendors and gifted them with paper and cloth bags, creatively designed from old saris by local Self Help Groups under the National Urban Livelihoods Mission.

The bags had the message 'For not using a plastic bag, we congratulate you' inscribed on them.

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Jalli also appealed to other businessmen to discard their single-use plastic items and help develop the entrepreneurial skills of the local SHGs by endorsing their handmade products for ushering in a ‘healthy and wealthy Hailakandi’.

Executive Officer, Prodip Timung, Ward members, SHG members and other officials of the Hailakandi Municipal Board were also present in the inauguration of the ‘Plastic Bank’.

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