No matter how much we try to deny it, but with time, plastic has become part and parcel of our lives. We have become so addictive of plastic use that we do not even want to reduce its consumption or maybe look for alternative methods. The single-use plastic is the most significant contributor to the plastic menace. Almost all of us, at least everyday use single-use plastic one form or the other. We generally use single-use plastics in the form of disposable coffee cups, when we take away a nice cup of cappuccino from our favourite cafe., straws at ‘narial Pani’(coconut water) stalls or plastic spoons at our lunch table. However, the problem of plastic pollution and excessive use of one-time use of plastic is visible to many, and to curb the problem, many are taking the effort.
According to the Hindustan Times, the AAI is taking help of the Quality Council of India (QCI) to assess/check the implementation of the ban. The ban would be fully implemented by January 31.
Social responsibilities to curb plastic pollution
Calling themselves an “environmentally-conscious public sector enterprise”, AAI tweeted, “Being an environmentally-conscious public sector enterprise, #AAI is committed towards its Corporate Social Responsibility and has taken measures to ensure that Terminal Buildings at its 16 Airports across the country are “Single-use Plastic-free” Terminals. #AAICares.”
In their statement, they further said that various steps are being taken to eliminate single-use plastic items at passenger terminals and city side. They claimed that these steps include banning of single-use plastic items that include things like straws, plastic cutlery, plastic plates etc, reports The Financial Express.
The 16 airports in which the ban has been implemented are in Indore, Bhopal, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Tirupati, Trichy, Vijayawada, Dehradun, Chandigarh, Vadodara, Madurai, Raipur, Vizag, Pune, Kolkata and Varanasi.
Spokesperson of AAI while speaking to the Hindustan Times said that the AAI is also trying to enhance its waste management systems. He added that the authority also aims to promote the use of eco-friendly sustainable alternatives. These “progressively” alternatives would include the use of bio-degradable garbage bags in the garbage bins apart from installation of plastic bottle crushing machines at airports premises.
Talking about other initiatives by the AAI the spokesperson said that it has also various awareness campaigns to aware the passengers about plastic pollution. He added that AAI would also encourage the passengers to cooperate with them for the cause.