JAMMU, Aug 30: A workshop on Plastic Waste Management was organized by 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 here, today. The workshop was attended by approximately 100 people from different sectors.
Chander Mohan Gupta, Mayor, JMC, Adv. Purnima Sharma, Deputy Mayor, JMC, Suraj Parkash Padha, Chairman, Swachh Bharat Standing Committee , Baldev Singh Billowaria, Chairman, Public Health Sanitation Commiitee, Jeet Angral, Chairman, Social Justice Committee Pankaj Magotra (KAS), Commissioner, JMC, Dr. Syed Nadeem Hussain, Regional Director, JKSPCB, Dr. G.N. Qasba, Senior Advisor, IRADE, New Delhi, Aproov Shah from Reliance Industries Limited, Pawan Shastri, Rajat of TRASH-X, Producers, Brand owners, scrap dealers, recyclers attended the workshop and shared their views and suggestions to make Jammu free from littered plastic by effectively diverting the plastic waste to recyclers..
Mayor, JMC encouraged industrialists suffering from the closure of their plastic industries due to the 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 spoke on role and responsibilities of different stakeholders in managing plastic waste under Plastic Waste Management rules, 2016 and urged each citizen 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. Approov Shah from Reliance Industries Limited and Pawan Shastri, proprietor of Swastic Industries offered to install around 10 PET bottles Reverse Vending machines at different places.
Pankaj Magotra, Commissioner, JMC said that the Corporation understands its responsibility in Plastic Waste Management and is keen to work with stakeholders to earn city a plastic bags free tag shortly. He informed that JMC will soon run a special campaign in schools for collection of plastic bags by students volunteers as a run up to 2nd October, 2019 in line with the announcement made by Prime Minister of India.