Campaign on single use plastic held in Kohima, Dimapur

DIMAPUR | Publish Date: 9/28/2019 11:22:00 AM IST

Kohima District Task Force (DTF) held a meeting for implementation of total ban on all single use plastic in Nagaland at DC’s conference hall, Kohima on September 27, chaired by DC and chairman DTF, Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie.

According to DIPR report, reviewing the last meeting minutes, the district administration officers highlighted their activities carried out on sensitization programme in regard to total ban of single use plastic starting from September 18 till 27 morning in various villages and ULB. 

Activities like awareness programme, distribution of RO filter to villages and installation at village panchayats and sensitization programmes in various schools of urban areas and wards by the ULB through the service of NGOs were conducted. It was also informed in the meeting that more sensitization programme will be conducted covering all ULB and villages by September 30.

With regard to ban plastic items, the meeting decided to enforce total ban on the following single use plastic items in the first phase: All single use plastic carry bags with or without handles irrespective of thickness and size. All plastic cutleries including plates, cups, straw, stirrers etc. All cutleries and decorative items made of Styrofoam (thermocol). All packaged/mineral water bottles below 20 ltrs and no plastic pouches shall be used for wrapping paan, betel nut and sweets and further notice will be issued for other items.

Regarding relaxation on use of garbage plastic bags for disposal of hospital biomedical waste at NHAK Kohima, the house decided to write back to them to identify alternate biodegradable garbage bags at the earliest.

For enforcement of the ban on single use plastic, the house decided to form 4 (four) groups and conduct checking on October 4 to seize and dispose all ban items. DTF also agreed to practice soft approach at the initial phase and shall give alternate carry bags/paper bags in exchange to those citizens carrying banned plastic carry bags with the objective to convey that usage of such plastic carry bags are not allowed henceforth.

During the meeting it was also decided to hold an emergency meeting in line with the mass Shramdaan on September 30, 10 a.m in DC’s conference hall, Kohima.

PHED (R) Dimapur: PHED (R) division, Dimapur carried out awareness programmes and activities in and around the rural areas of the district based on the theme “Plastic Waste Shramdaan”. 

A press release from PHED (R) stated that, the PHE Niuland sub-division carried out the awareness programme on September 25. Resource person Imojungla Longkumer, San and Hygn consultant, PHED (R) division stressed on the menace of single use plastic waste and it’s possible ill effects on the health of the citizens. She also emphasized on the importance of engaging in pro-environmental behavior at these present times so as to minimise the harm caused to the environment.  

The programme was chaired by Narisen Jami, SDO PHE-Niuland while Ghotoshe, JE, PHE-Niuland gave the vote of thanks and attended by village WATSAN members, village chairman, GBs, church and youth members. 

The villages will be collecting all the single use plastic wastes in their respective villages during this campaign period. It will be then segregated into recyclables and non recyclables on October 2 at the sub divisional headquarters for efficient recycling and disposal.

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