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UP Govt puts clean environment on top priority in PM's constituency
Varanasi: In yet another master stroke to ensure a clean and green environment in the state, the Yogi Adityanath Government in Uttar Pradesh has set up a unique ‘Plastic Bank’ in Varanasi, the Parliamentary constituency of PM Modi, where all the transactions are taking place in plastic.

With overall development as its mantra for economic growth, CM Adityanath worked to not only fulfil the basic requirements of the people of Kashi in terms of strict law and order and availability of healthcare services but also left no stone unturned to spruce up PM’s constituency.

To deal with Plastic, the non-recyclable monster that has been eating up our environment for decades, Plastic Bank at Maldahiya, Varanasi facilitates transactions in the form of plastic waste in place of currency notes. The primary function of the Plastic Bank is to enable community-driven source segregation and establish a plastic waste supply chain for the IIP plant.

Plastic Banks are based on a three-pronged approach. They facilitate source segregation, encourage participation from the community and ensure scientific recycling. The concept has received an overwhelming response from the people of Varanasi as the residents have flocked in huge numbers to exchange plastic waste with money, clothes, face masks and eco-friendly carry bags.

Plastic Bank is working to curb pollution while reducing poverty. By enabling the exchange of waste plastic for money, goods, or blockchain-secured digital tokens, Plastic Bank reveals the true value of the material, making it too valuable to throw away. This empowers recycling ecosystems around the world, driving responsible economic development in underprivileged communities and reducing the flow of plastic into our rivers.

According to the Municipal Commissioner, Gaurang Rathi here on Sunday, KGN and UNDP are working on a PPE model to instal plastic banks at places that produce bulk quantities of plastic waste. A 10 metric tonne (MT) plant is set up in Ashapur, and about 150 ‘Safai Mitra’ (sanitation workers) are engaged in this work.

“Strict ban has been imposed on polythene, however, tetra packs and packaged water are still in practice, which will now be disposed of by recycling", Rathi informed.

As informed by the Director of KGN, Sabir Ali, Rs 6 is given for 1 kg of polythene, which is sold for Rs 8-10 per kg. Around two tonnes of polythene waste gets collected daily from the entire city. With this, around Rs 25 per kg PET (Polyethylene terephthalate) or used drinking water bottle is purchased, which after processing gets sold at around Rs 32 - 38 per kg.

The plastic buckets, cans and mugs usually used in the kitchen, also known as PP (Polypropylene) and LDP (Low Density Polythene) are bought at the cost of Rs 10 per kg and after being processed are sold by saving a cost Rs 4 to Rs 5. Wastes such as cardboard etc are deposited in the bank which further gets treated in the plant at Ashapur.

The waste gets treated with a pressure machine, which separates the plastic. The PET bottle is pressed with a hydraulic baling press machine and sent in the form of a bundle for getting further processed, whereas, the other plastic waste is also separated similarly and is sent for recycling. After this, it is sent to other places, such as Kanpur, where the waste is used in making plastic pipes, polyester threads, shoe laces and other materials. In this initiative started by the Municipal Corporation, the Plastic bank has been installed for the collection and disposal of plastic waste.

The plastic waste not only contributes to a filthy society but also has considerably worsened the water pollution of the holy Ganga which also is a home to a large species of flora and fauna. There is already a ban on plastic to make Varanasi plastic-free, however, many products made out of plastic are still in use, for which these measures will prove to be a boon in curbing single-use plastic and bringing down its adverse effects on the environment.

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