Pune: Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has organized a plastic bottles collection competition in an effort to create public awareness about plastic waste management in the city. The competition was originally set to run from February 1 to February 28, but has now been extended until March 15 to allow more citizen schools, colleges, and institutions to participate.
The competition is open to individuals of all ages, educational institutions such as schools and colleges, and institutions such as housing societies, commercial establishments, NGOs, private institutions, and Ganesha Mandals. The competition will be conducted in three groups, and prizes will be awarded at the city level and at each regional office level.
Nisar Mujawar, senior sanitary inspector of Wanowrie ward office, said, “Plastic bottles occupy more space in garbage collection vans, making it difficult to transport more dry waste. By collecting plastic bottles separately and sending them for recycling, PMC hopes to cut costs and reduce the amount of plastic waste in the city.”
PMC Ketki Ghatge, Assistant Health Officer, Pune Municipal Corporation said, “The aim of the competition is to create awareness about the importance of not throwing plastic bottles in waste, as they can be recycled and reused.”
Nisar Mujawar further on collection of plastic said, “So on ward level we have appealed to schools, establishments, societies and individuals to collect the plastic bottles and give it to ward offices. Accordingly, the prizes for highest collection of plastics will be given on individual, ward level and in Pune. Currently, we have collected 135 kgs of plastic bottles and expect more.”
Residents of Pune have responded positively to the competition, with many individuals and institutions collecting large amounts of plastic bottles for recycling.
Ashish Sankpal, a resident of Kubera Park in Kondhwa has collected over 23kg of plastic and is encouraging others to do the same.
The competition is an important step towards sustainable waste management in Pune and is expected to have a positive impact on the environment and the health of citizens.
“We will be participating in the competition from tomorrow. We will be filling the google form and then collecting plastic bottles from our society, said another resident Jigar Shah from Wanowrie.