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KMC urge citizens to stop using plastics

Kohima, November 2: In view of alarming pollution and hazards caused through wastes, particularly plastics, in Kohima, the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) has appealed to all citizens, offices and institutions – both Government and private – organizations, business establishments, hotels, restaurants or any such food business operators to reduce, if not completely stop, the use of plastics, Styrofoam and all such non-biodegradable items.
KMC Administrator Kovi Meyase said that with the arrival of the festive season, functions and activities of various kinds are continually on the increase and appealed to citizens of Kohima town to abstain from using one-time-use plastics like disposable crockery, be it spoons, forks & plates etc and also bottled mineral water in any function, meetings or congregations.
Stating that people should make effort to use steel plates and cups, forks & spoons or any bio-degradable substitutes in their place of work, programmes or functions, he suggested that mineral water bottles be replaced by water dispensers.
He also requested citizens to avoid use of plastic carry bags and instead shop with their cloth bags.
Maintaining that plastic and thermocol cutleries are the biggest pollutants in Nagaland, Meyase cited a survey conducted by an NGO in Kohima that estimated each registered shops utilizing an average of 472 plastic carry bags per day.
Keeping in mind the consequences involved to our health and environment we must make choices that can reduce this use to ultimately adopt a plastic-free lifestyle once again, he said.
Also urging citizens to avoid throwing plastics or garbage into the streams, the KMC administrator reminded wards to put greater efforts into segregation of wastes from the household levels.
In this connection, he said KMC in collaboration with the Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat and the Kohima Green Team will further undertake sensitization exercises in all wards.
“Let us join our hands and our minds to make Kohima Clean and Green again,” the KMC Administrator appealed.
(Page News Service)

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