Rent a cloth bag in south Delhi markets to curb plastic use
New Delhi: To discourage use of plastic bags, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will provide cloth bags on rent at prominent markets through Vikalp stalls. Under...
- Rahul Chugh
- Dec 1, 2021
New Delhi: To discourage use of plastic bags, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) will provide cloth bags on rent at prominent markets through Vikalp stalls.
Under the project, initiated as part of Swachh Survekshan 2022, the first such stall has been set up in collaboration with a restaurant in Green Park’s main market in south Delhi. SDMC has tied up with Why Waste Wednesdays Foundation, an NGO, and local shop owners to implement the project.
Vikalp is aimed at reducing single-use plastic and providing a vikalp (alternative) to people. Now, a shopper can rent cloth bags at this store for Rs 20, do his shopping, can even take the bag home and get the refund after returning it.
“We have been working in this field of reducing plastic waste for many years and have observed that people are aware of the dangers of plastic waste, but still use it as the alternative was difficult for them to follow,” said Ruby Makhija, founder of the NGO. “Many drives and awareness campaigns have been conducted, but with minimal impact. Through this project, a good, pocket- and environment-friendly alternative has been provided to people right at the source,” added Makhija, who is also the Swacch ambassador of SDMC.
Cloth bag stalls will be set up in five more markets. The foundation provides the cotton bags and maintains the store. To push the project further, stickers with quick response codes will be pasted at other shops in the markets so that a person can scan the code and locate the nearest cloth bag store. In case a user goes to a different market than the one from where he has rented the cloth bag, there is the provision of returning it at another cloth bag store with ease.
“Earlier, there have been cloth bag banks, but the cost of those bags were on the higher side, making them out of reach for the majority of people. With the south corporation providing it at a low cost, there is hope that this will take off rapidly,” added Makhija.
“I volunteered for this because stopping the usage of plastic will make the future of our generations safe. We, as an individual, have to take steps, only then change will happen,” said S Vijay Purushotam, owner of Madras Cafe where the first Vikalp stall has been made operational.
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