Monday, 21 March 2016

Discourage Plastics : Encourage Greed


Two days back, the Centre notified stringent plastic waste management rules to regulate use of the hazardous material and handle the waste generated by it

These include :

*  Banning of plastic bags of less than 50 micron thickness

*  Manufacturing / use of non-recyclable multi-layered plastic to be phased out in 2 years

*  Manufacturers of products using plastic wrapping materials will have to pay prescribed
    fees to States. Collected funds will be disbursed among civic bodies and gram panchayats
    for taking measures to dispose off plastic waste


No doubt , such measures were long overdue and must be welcomed , although I have serious doubts whether our corrupt bureaucracy will strictly enforce these or use these as one more means to extort bribes from manufacturers / retailers / users  !


SOME  BACKGROUND  STATISTICS :

*  India generates 15,000 tons of plastic waste everyday

*  6,000 tons remain uncollected and get disposed off in hazardous manner

*  There are approx 8,000 plastic recycling units ( half of them , unregistered )


MISSING  ELEMENT  :

Abolish Corporate Income Tax for all plastic recycling units for next 10 years  !

Let GREED take over GOVERNING  !



WHAT  CAN  WE  EXPECT  ?

*  Within a year , another 10,000 plastic recycling units will come up

*  100 % of plastic produced will get recycled

*   These units will mobilize lakhs of  " Plastic Rag Pickers " to collect every small scrap of
    plastic from every nook and corner of every street in every city,  leading to Swatchh
    Bharat  and self employment !

*   Recycled plastic will get used to build strong / long-lasting road surfaces

*   Some recycled plastic will be used as raw material for mass-producing of  3D printed
     houses , solving problem of 50 million " Affordable Housing " (ask WINSUN of Shanghai )

     ( This is the kind of innovations expected from our National Science Laboratories )


WHERE  ELSE  CAN  WE  TRY  THIS  ?

*   Abolish Corporate Income Tax ( for 10 years ) for all plants / units , producing Methane
     Gas using organic waste from household / hotels / restaurants
      
*   All municipalities and gram panchayats to allow such privately-owned Organic Waste
     Processing / Gas Producing units to collect such waste from all the streets , free of cost

*   Municipalities will save hundreds of crores of rupees in Garbage Collection

*   State Electricity Boards will set up Gas based Power Plants , next to these units and buy
     the gas for power generation

If this suggestion is implemented , we would have SWATCHH  BHARAT in 2 years

And , we would have harnessed human GREED ( viz: avoid income tax ) of our Start Ups to solve the problem of pollution

No more fires in Deonar dumping ground  !

I hope Shri Prakash Javadekar-ji is listening

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hemenparekh.in / blogs

22  March  2016

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