How Delhi University colleges can contribute towards the plastic ban?

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Recently, the Indian Government put a ban on single-use plastic, which became effective from October 2, 2019, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. With the aim of scrapping out single-use plastics by 2022, this initiative has been taken by our current Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In this regard efforts of Delhi University colleges can make this initiative even more successful.

So, here are a couple of ways through which Delhi University colleges can contribute towards the plastic ban –

  • While someone harmlessly crushes & throws away a wrapper, then someone else does the same, and the pile of waste keeps on swelling, rising and touching the sky. And, if proper measures are not taken in this regard then it will keep on increasing. Therefore, NSS volunteers of colleges can organise cleanliness drive in their campus as well as outings near to college area to set an example.
  • College students can also organise a rally to communicate with College students and people of nearby localities about the necessity of safe environment. Besides, give them tips regarding the ways to reduce the use of plastics.
  • They can also appeal to scholars for carrying out reusable bottles in their bags instead of purchasing water bottle every time. Since, each year close to 20 billion plastic bottles are tossed in the trash.
  • The best thing Colleges can do is to ban the usage of take-away plastic cups, lunch wrapped in disposable plastic packaging, straws, bottles, disposable food-service cups and plates, and plastic bags on their campuses.
  • Another thing they can do is to aware them regarding harmful effects of microbeads present in the products like scrubs, toothpaste, body washes. Due to their tiny size, these beads slip through water treatment plants. Many marine animals confuse them for food and consume them. These beads have affected marine wildlife adversely. One can opt for natural exfoliators like salt, sugar and oatmeal instead of these scrubbers.
  • Carry cloth bags or jute bags instead of plastic bags and influence others to do the same.
  • Organise a session to educate college girls about bio-degradable pads and urge them to switch to the bio-degradable pads. Cotton pads help in cutting plastic pollution and are quite cheaper in comparison to the non-biodegradable pads. Brands like Sakhi, Saathi and Suvidha sell organic pads in India.
  • Most importantly, make a personal commitment to stop using single-use plastic products. Moreover, encourage other guys to take such pledge.

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