Aizawl

Aizawl, June 9, 2019:

Amid increasing awareness about the harmfulness of plastic, the Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) has announced that Aizawl will be “plastic-free” by August, 2019.

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AMC Mayor PC Lalhmingthanga has said that framing of a bye-law which will ban single-use polythene bags and other plastic products of below 50 micron has been already completed and is awaiting approval from the state Government.

The bye-law will come into effect from August 1, 2019, and will be enforced in stricter manner from October 2, on Gandhi Jayant, the Mayor has confirmed.

However, plastic products allowed by Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016, and which are recyclable will not be banned, he added.

According to the Mayor, the AMC has constituted a committee on plastic-free city headed by councillor Lalhmingmawai to monitor ban on plastic products of below 50 microbes.

During 2016-17, the AMC studied the status and environmental damage of plastics and had asked all Churches to use steel plates instead of thermo-plastic plates during festive seasons.

Lalhmingthanga has said that the order was highly honored by the church. Aizawl is the largest city and commercial hiub of Mizoram with a population of more than 2.93 lakh.

It has figured on the list of 100 smart cities in the country.

At present, there are 67,594 household families in the city and the total volume of waste generated in the day is estimated to be around 159.80 metric tonnes.

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