Polythene has become an important part of our life. It lies in which manner we use it. Every day we shop for our daily necessities from the market and for our convenience use some kind of carry bag to transport the purchased goods to our homes, as we think that these might not fall out and get spoiled or may be the brand name imprinted on these bags. Polythene bags or plastic bags are posing a great threat to our environment. Perhaps polythene shopping bags and wrappers are a potential threat to global environment. Their use is increasing day by day as they are cheaper and lighter than any other packing material and easy to use and disposable.
But while using them, seldom do we think about the harm they are causing to our environment. Once you have used and discarded them, you just do not lose your link with them. Perhaps they return back to you in one way or the other which we may not realize. Like poly bag thrown may choke the drain of kitchen or may be recycled and sold in the market in some other color or shape. The sewerage system which is also called the arteries of city life is flooded with tons of plastic waste coming out from house holds of various colonies of the cities. Some day it may be clogged and put the sewerage out of gear. It may lead to accumulation of dirty water and may pose a potential threat to the health of the residents with the outbreak of any epidemic like malaria etc.
Even small villages or towns are free from the menace of plastic. Millions of people visiting their home towns everyday carry a wide variety of shopping in most colorful bags made of plastics for their near and dear ones. The family members are definitely pleased with the shower of gifts they receive wrapped in plastic poison but are unaware about the affect. Sometimes they may preserve these poly-bags, but later or sooner these are just thrown away in village wells, rivers, tanks and drains. Some may even throw them into their fields with a sense of belonging or pride or just to show off to their neighbors that they are in receipt of precious gifts from their urban brethren.
Millions of school children bring their lunch and Tiffin boxes neatly packed in plastic bags. They just litter them here and there unawares of the consequences and the great harm they cause to our surroundings. It is perhaps the mothers who find it very convenient to pack sumptuous food prepared by them in plastic carry bags.
Plastic is a menace by all means and a serious threat. It is a non-biodegradable substance which remains undissolved and does not decay for a long period of time when thrown or buried under the earth’s crust. It may prevent rain water from seeping into earth and may cause soil pollution and makes it unfertile. When burnt it emits noxious fumes which pollute the air we breath. Thus use of polythene bags should be completely banned by law, rather its manufacturing should be stopped. Masses should be awared about this unwanted menace. The use of jute, cloth or bags made out of recyclable paper should be widely popularized for shopping purposes. This can go a big way in solving the problem of polybag pollution.
Another polythene menace. Disposal of banned category of Polythene Bags in an improper way which in fact do not dissolve easily causes choking of deep/surface drains and open Nallahs. This unwise system categorically obstructs the flow of waste water and causes sanitation problems and unhygienic condition generally in the valley particularly in the core of City limits.
Such alarming situation has a great contribution towards environmental degradation. In addition, some other factors responsible for such degradation in the environment are dumping of garbages, traushs and other waste products in Rivers, springs vis-à-vis in lakes/ponds. If such devastative/destructive and remorseful nuisance is curbed in a systematic manner approximately 50 to 60% sanitation problem could be solved in municipal limits and people shall find clogged free drains.
The state Administration contemplating to undertake a gigantic drive to contain the threat of environmental degradation etc shall have to explore possibilities in a quickiest way mobalising all resources to impose absolute ban on use of Polythene Bags etc and close down the manufacturing establishments of such unhygienic products and also through public address system convince the people of blissful atmosphere, in case they do use Cotton or Paper Bags in place of polythene bags and avoid dumping of waste products in water tables etc.