Mumbai: Malad ward officers to shred 500 kg of plastic manually

With cops in Malad having seized over 500 kg of plastic bags below the legally permitted 50-micron limit, BMC officials will now have to manually destroy every single bag to ensure they cannot be used

While the BMC continues to struggle with its workload, employees of the P-North ward office will now have an added task manually ripping over 500 kg of banned illegal plastic bags to shreds.

Malwani police seized a tempo carrying over 500 kg of illegal plastic bags on Saturday
Malwani police seized a tempo carrying over 500 kg of illegal plastic bags on Saturday

With the Malwani police having seized a major hoard of polythene bags above the mandatory 50-micron limit, and given the ban on burning plastic, BMC officials said the only way to ensure the bags were destroyed is to slash them to bits.

Polythene bags which are less than 50 microns are difficult to destroy
Polythene bags which are less than 50 microns are difficult to destroy

Acting on a tip-off, the Malwani police apprehended a tempo and its driver in Malad on Saturday evening, seizing the 500 kg of plastic bags he was ferrying. The confiscated plastic bags were below 20-micron thickness, said officials at the ward office, where the entire stock worth Rs 5 lakh was deposited.

Apart from this, the policemen also learned of a godown in Malad that was holding more illegal polythene bags worth Rs 5.5 lakh or more. The BMC, along with the police, has sealed the godown. Municipal officers are expected to go through the contents of the tempo and the godown today, after which they will probably have to cut up the bags by hand.

Devendrakumar Jain, assistant municipal commissioner, P-North ward, said, “The BMC has confiscated a huge stock of 500 kg of plastic bags that were less than 20 microns, which are very difficult to destroy. The staff of the ward office will cut the bags into the smallest of pieces so that they cannot be used at all. This is the solution we usually follow.”

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