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Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) in association with J&K State Pollution Control Board (JKSPCB) and Indian Pollution Control Association (IPCA), a Delhi based NGO, dealing in waste management, organised a workshop on plastic waste management here on Friday.
Mayor, Chander Mohan Gupta; Deputy Mayor, Adv Purnima Sharma; Suraj Prakash Padha, Chairman Swachh Bharat Committee; Baldev Singh Billowaria, Chairman Public Health Sanitation Committee; Jeet Angral, Chairman Social Justice Committee; Pankaj Magotra, Commissioner JMC; Dr Syed Nadeem Hussain, Regional Director JKSPCB; Dr G N Qasba, Senior Advisor IRADe, New Delhi; Apoorva Shah from Reliance Industries Limited, Pawan Shastri, Rajat of TRASH-X, producers, brand owners besides a number of scrap-dealers and recyclers attended the workshop. On the occasion, the speakers shared their views and suggestions to make Jammu free from littered plastic by effectively diverting plastic-wastes to recyclers.
Mayor JMC encouraged industrialists, suffering from closure of their plastic industries, due to ban imposed on single-use plastic items and disposables, to take up alternate non-plastic products made of compostable material.
Dr Syed Nadeem Hussain, Regional Director JKSPCB urged people to contribute towards plastic-waste recovery and recycling.
Ashish Jain, Director IPCA made a presentation on Extended Producer Responsibility and different models to execute it.
Dr G N Qasba, Senior Advisor, IRADe New Delhi emphasized on citizen participation in managing plastic waste and involvement of school children in ‘Plastic Mukt Jammu’ campaign to be launched by JMC soon.
Apoorva Shah from Reliance Industries Limited and Pawan Shastri, proprietor of Shri Swastic Industries offered to install around 10 PET Bottles Reverse Vending machines at different places suggested by JMC to encourage collection and recycling of plastic by incentivising the same.
Pankaj Magotra, Commissioner JMC informed that JMC shall soon run a special campaign in schools for collection of plastic-bags by student volunteers as a run-up to October 2, 2019 in line with announcement made by the Prime Minister. He further informed that JMC has signed a MoU with IPCA to run a Plastic Waste Collection Centre at Jammu, which would improve collection and recycling rate of plastic wastes.
Rajat, a young entrepreneur showcased a digital platform (Trash-X) by linking households with scrap-dealers for home collection of plastic wastes.
All stakeholders vowed to extend all possible assistance to Jammu Municipal Corporation to rid the City of Temples from plastic wastes by making collection and recycling of plastic wastes remunerative and environment-friendly.