Cochin is all set to stay clean and green from today. The ban on use and sale of plastic carry bags below 40 microns will come into existence from today. The civic authorities are planning to undertake a twin approach to eradicate the menace from the city. Plastic bags are extensively used throughout the city in the sale of vegetables, fish, meat and other day to day life materials. The same bags are reused for packing home wastes from kitchens and dumping it back in the public places. These waste dumped in plastic bags decomposes and causes water and air pollution. Even birds and animals eating such decomposed materials are affected by bacterial contamination. To crack down the sale and use and create awareness among the masses initiatives are taken.
The action squads will be pressed into action in east and west Cochin areas from Wednesday for checking the use of banned materials. This is a much required initiative to keep the city clean and tidy. Kudumbasree units will be supporting by the production and marketing of carry bags made of alternative materials like cloth and paper. The corporation of Cochin urges the kochiites to play an important and responsible role by supporting this campaign of ban on plastic bags.