SMC Launches 6R Campaign To Ban Use Of Polythene 

Srinagar: Srinagar Municipal Corporation Saturday launched 6 R campaign to put in place and eradicate complete ban on use of polythene in Srinagar City.

The six R’s include Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Remove, Refuse and Report. Commissioner SMC Athar Amir flagged off the drive at SK Park Lalchowk.

On this occasion he said to eradicate polythene menace from Srinagar city, SMC has relaunched an anti-polythene campaign under the name 6 R Campaign.

He added that the campaign would be extensive and sustainable with a focus on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and to Remove polythene from day to day routine, refuse taking or stocking polythene and also to report.

He said that polythene and other single use plastics are extremely harmful to the environment and public health.

In compliance with the SWM Rules, 2016 and PWM Rules 2016 & in in pursuance of various orders passed by the High Court of J&K and Ladakh there shall be complete ban on use and sale of single use plastics and polythene (as defined in the prohibited categories in Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016) in Srinagar Municipal Limits.

He said that no one shall bring polythene or single use plastics into the Srinagar city for personal or commercial use via any of the entry points of the city and no one shall engage in sale of polythene and prohibited single use plastics in the city.

“No one shall sell goods or commodities in polythene or prohibited plastic bags. No one shall stock or hoard prohibited polythene or single use plastics. No one shall use or carry goods in bags made of prohibited polythene or single use plastic products. No restaurant or hotel or eatery or any commercial unit shall use disposable items made of single use plastic or polythene for serving food or tea etc. to the customers. No individual shall use disposable items made of single use plastics or polythene in marriages or other social or religious functions.”

All commercial units including shops, hotels, restaurants, street vendors, malls, institutes, offices (government & private), public or private sector companies, schools, colleges, universities etc shall not use prohibited polythene or single use plastics for packaging or sale. There shall be penalties for violation as Rs 500 fine for use of polythene bags / prohibited single use plastics by individuals

Rs 5000 fine for use or for selling goods in polythene bags by commercial establishments/units.

Rs 10,000 fine per kilogram for carrying, stocking or selling or bulk use of polythene or other prohibited plastics.

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