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. The project endeavours to encourage local residents to reduce their plastic wastage by providing an alternative in the form of reusable fabric bags. The eco-bags will be of no cost to island residents and will be available to every household. The anti-plastics campaign started in June 2005 with talks about environmental impacts of plastic bags at schools and a contest to create a jingle and a logo for the campaign. Benjamin Boyce‟s (Seventh Day Adventist School – Grade 5) entry was chosen for the best logo. Wendy Collins, local artist, was judging the competition and said “This entry is well drawn and eye catching. It really projects the message the plastic wastes campaign is trying to convey” Greida Gibbs‟ (Golden Rock School – Grade 5) entry was chosen for the best jingle. Her entry was concise and cleverly structured. Zhivago Lopes (a.k.a. Private) produced the jingle, which aired twice daily on PJR1 91.5FM. The winning logo and jingle were used to produce an educational poster that has been displayed in every school classroom and every shop distributing plastic bags. STENAPA purchased large cotton reusable „eco-bags‟ suitable for grocery shopping and the logo was printed and sewn onto cotton bags by seamstresses on Statia between January-March 2006. Between April and June, two bags were delivered to every household on Statia. School children also received a bag. The Government has co-sponsored this project. In September 2005, the Lieutenant Governor Mr Hyden Gittens and Manager of STENAPA, Nicole Esteban, went on a two hour tour to visit owners of 14 shops in Statia. The aim of the visits was to brief shop owners about the ongoing plastic bags campaign managed by the Government and STENAPA. Shop owners were unanimous in their support for the campaign and all agreed to display the poster and to stock the eco-bags to sell to customers who come to shops without a bag. The Governor informed shop owners that this campaign is a move to reduce the use of plastic bags, which have impacts on both the beauty and environment of Statia. In future, an import tax will be levied on plastic bags to further encourage shops to start charging for plastic bags and encourage the public to use their eco-bags. Three cheers to the recent goodwill initiative taken up Anti-plastic campaigners' group, "Blue and Green". Back-up and support from various sections of society, organization, NGOs shows the awareness of the health hazardous and dreadful consequences of using plastic. As we all know that regular and prolonged dependence on plastic by the common people pushed the plastic items one of the most polluting agent destabilizing the ecological balance of nature as confirmed in the reports of various scientific research papers. In order to cap the further deterioration of the mother Earth with abuse of plastic stuff in day to day living, voluntary awareness as well campaign by some section of goodwill citizen against the
use of plastic bags is completely banned. various markets. Zero tolerance to garbage is another appreciating character of these cities. etc. As a campaign towards 'Earth Go Green'. and in Chandigarh. in checking use of plastic bags and zero tolerance to garbage are worth enough to respect the Mother Earth. Success stories of the initiatives taken up by local Govt. foot duster. As experienced practically. is not enough to go green on the whole for any society. zip. The basic rules of civic sense is clearly notified in various public places. beverages. cleanliness drive as well ability to make the people aware in these example cities respecting and preserving the eco system are worth deserving to emulate so as to free the our city from plastic bags. in public places. Any city goers or visiting tourists can easily see the Notice Board at all key points accessible to public. these industries may be given some buffer time to switch over to other durable essential plastic items like water tank. comments and views from various expertise including environmental scientists. (ii) In the long term prospect Effective law to stop manufacturing plastic items specially polythene bags at first hand by the small scale Plastic industries. Overall participation by the mass both politically and socially. used plastic bottle container of drinking water. In Shimla. wire cables. . of Shimla. is a punishable offence with hefty fine. Besides. vantilators. Hefty amount of fine against use of plastic in public places should be imposed effectively.fine that can be impounded by closely watch sentinels of the city. Mall. garbage. is the only ultimate step to check use of plastic. 500/. Infact. electrical fitting items. Surprisingly. Strict rule/law declaring use of plastic is punishable offence should be implemented immediately. roofing materials. you will not find a single shop packing your purchased item with plastic or polythene bag or ice-cream vendor won't allow to litter even the small lid of ice-cream cover roadside fearing a hefty amount of Rs.use plastic bags. show room. pen. in the long term prospect initiatives and effective laws needs to be implemented towards anti-plastic policy by consulting. etc should be banned completely at one go. Effective implementation of law by the local government for correct use of plastic by the common people needs to address the following issues: (i) Use of plastic for packaging of household grocery items in wholesale as well as retail shops. That is final rule/law of the cities. in order not to affect such small scale industries. use of plastic items. You will not find a single waste in every corners streets of the cities. the city's civic rules and regulation are strictly followed by local people so also the tourists visiting the cities. button. No doubt that garbage/waste disposal facilities are made readily available to the public in a well hygienic manner. etc. shopping complex. and if in any case. Manali and specially at Mall Roads. comb. Manali and Chandigarh in the northern India.
(iii) Motivate the general public to substitute plastic bags by used papers. Once. time is . leaves. Pictures of Nagamapal roads free from garbage (at e-pao. fibres. it will have snowball effect to other districts and communities. ZERO GARBAGE CAMPAIGN The ethics of voluntary zero garbage campaign initiated by Ima market vendors of Nagamapal side of Imphal city should be set as benchmark to 'Go Green City'. cheap and durable shopping bags from bio-degradable organic products of various plants and trees like jute. This will create an awareness amongst the people swiftly and will pave the way for next generation to make the city more cleaner. Ima Vendors by setting up self imposing rules and regulation to discipline other vendors to follow the suit or to pay fine if not go by the rules set up. Toxic character of Plastic items being non-degradable polymer compounds needs to be highlighted through media as it block the chain of natural balancing mechanism of eco-system. clubs should join hands to exert pressure on the local Govt. to upkeep the momentum of awareness of general public towards zero tolerance to Garbage by providing uninterrupted technical support in the mechanism of cleaning up. etc needs to be encouraged and financial support from local Govt. (v) All institutions from grassroot level should impart mandatory programmes and co-curricular activities towards anti-plastic campaign as part of their learning programme awarded by special bonus %age points for such activities in a calendar year. (vi) All local voluntary organizations. recycled paper bags. dumping. Helpful hand of private companies/enterprises and back up by advertising agencies is very essential to create awareness amongst the general public. Now it is the moral duty of the Local Govt. and the public to fulfill their duties towards anti-plastic campaign.net homepage pictures) in view of successful implementation self imposed rules and regulations by Ima vendors collectively towards zero tolerance to garbage is an eye opener for the Local Govt. we check use of plastic in the city. to run such industries. The fourth estate and electronic media need to play a pivotal role to wake up the sleeping local Govt. and removal of garbage from the heart of city. (iv) Public awareness campaign through various media both electronic and the fourth estate not to use plastic bags on daily doze basis is very essential. Even chewing up some of the hot issues mentioned above need strong Political Will as well as full support from every quarters of the society. etc need to be encouraged through various media and voluntary public campaign. newspaper.e. development of sustainable Micro industries to produce recycled and safe paper carry bags. in order to develop a long term and efficient management of go green city policy. What a local Govt. In this context. to implement the above criteria successfully for cleaner city as well as to create awareness amongst various leikai level at the last. had never been dreamt of has been out shown by the daily bread earners i. In this aspect.
By breaking all civic norms. and is still off the eyes of general public and the Local Govt. from interested renowned private enterprises which have capability to give performance guarantee to zero garbage green city by channelizing turnkey option through the eligible private party showing EOI. The EOI should also include provision of sufficient number of public lavatories and hygienic drinking water facilities around the cities in the form of 'pay and use' mechanisam. Only treated effluents should be allowed to release in the streams and rivers. Since input cost in implementation of policy to 'Go Green City'. to take up the prudent steps to zero tolerance to garbage and any gravitational force of vested interest should not jeopardize the realization of go green city. the tourism point of view and with realization of Look East Policy in the near future. Here again. In fact residents of the city are the main culprits providing rent to those coolies without proper civic amenities. or State Govt. and remains still unchecked. to invite Express of Interest (EOI). In this aspect. setting up of effluent treatment plant now become a prime importance at this juncture of positive filled scenario which can also be bracketed under the lense of EOI. which is for the welfare of general public. This is a must and foremost step to be taken up by the Local Govt. virtually passed on to the general public either in the form of maintenance fee of market area and leviable tax proportionate to size of area of the vendor plot. the imported casual labourers/coolie from outside Manipur are using the bank of Nambul and Imphal rivers as open toilet either in the early morning or at the evening all over the radius of Imphal city.ripe enough for the Local Govt. strict rules and regulations for City dwellers for proper disposal of daily waste/effluents needs to be implemented on priority to check further polluting the rivers which run through the heart of the city . on experimental basis by setting up a clear cut eligibility criteria. Another alarming factor is disposal of untreated effluents from the micro as well as small scale industries and city dwellers in improper way which directly maim the basic purpose of go green city campaign. as whole in the backdrop of reaping maximum benefit from improving the quality of living. it is a win-win situation for the Local Govt. All the culprits going scot free should be either warned or penalized.
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