In a major step towards achieving Carbon Neutral Ladakh, the Union Territory Administration has ordered a ban on the use of plastic bottles and other objects made of plastic in the goverenemnt offices and other institutions.
The administration has set 15 July as the date from when a complete ban on plastic bottles will be observed and July 30 to strictly get rid of all the plastic files and folders in Ladakh’s government offices and institutions.
For an alternative, the goverenemnt offices and institutions can rely on bamboo bottles, or glass bottles or anything that is not plastic. The plan is to implement eco-friendly measures and substitutes made of biodegradable products for all purposes.
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“Only multi-use water bottles, dispensers, containers will be allowed in government offices and water bottles of alternative materials like glass, steel, aluminium shall be used,” the spokesman told news agency PTI.
Ladakh has always been a hotspot for tourism in the country, which is also the reason behind massive garbage and plastic problem. And also, the waste management system is also not up to the mark.
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With that being a fact, banning plastic in government institutions is a good first step and should be added with a complete plastic ban across the UT or better facilities to manage plastic because tourists would need bottles to survive at such high altitudes.
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You can also play your part by not littering any place you go to and be a responsible citizen of the country. As of now, Ladakh produces upto 50 tons solid waste per day and so far all is thrown across hills, which doesn’t make the pretty UT look any prettier.