Plastic-free orientation programme by Green Team Kohima for Officers Hill Colony at 2K Hotel in Kohima on November 17. (Morung Photo)
Kohima | November 17
The Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) and “Green Team Kohima” have initiated the mechanism to create awareness on the harmful effects of plastic wastes in Kohima.
Addressing a press conference at KMC office here, retired Commissioner & Secretary, Nagaland, Thangi Manen said the Green Team is the outcome of consultation with stakeholders organized by KMC on October 31 last in order to take action on how to reduce one-time use plastics and carry bags throughout the State.
In this, she said that the team has already conducted education and awareness initiatives in 12 colonies and wards under KMC while the remaining would be completed by November 20.
Expressing serious concern that plastics waste, which takes at least a thousand year to degrade has become dangerous pollutants which have poisoned the rivers and land, she said everyone should join the initiatives towards reducing the use of plastics by carrying own bags to the markets and also avoid using plastic materials, including packaged water, in weddings and parties.
The Commissioner & Secretary further informed that the Green Team Kohima will also undertake awareness campaign in other districts of the state as well.
KMC administrator Kovi Meyase highlighted that the Green Team Kohima presently comprises of 20 members but hoped that the strength would increase with the campaign reaching out even to the rural areas.
He also informed that the Green Team initiative is in consonance with the Nagaland State Cabinet June decision. In this regard, he said that KMC would be holding traders meet to stop the sale of plastic cutleries.
It may be recalled that the state government has taken the decision to ban one-time use plastics carry bags in the state with a specified timeline (to categorize non-biodegradable/plastics, Styrofoam).
It called for use of paper and leaves as an alternative to plastic carry bags/cutleries, introduce waste bin bags in vehicles where people do not throw waste randomly.
Green Team Kohima has started educating and spreading awareness on ill-effects on waste management and plastics through schools, churches, colony wards and women organizations.
It felt that management of plastics use should begin at the family/individual level then colony level and NGOs or any private organization should organize training for women and youth on making paper bags.
It called for the declaration of ‘Plastic-Free Zones’ and ‘Plastic Free Events’, Introduction of water ATM at certain points in town area as the pilot project by KMC as part of Smart City plan.