PANJIM: Goa is severely choking from generation of a huge quantity of plastic waste, according to a recent study by the Goa State Pollution Control Board.
total plastic waste generated in urban areas is about 20 metric tons a day for an urban population in Goa of 49.8 per cent.
The cities of Panjim and Margao generate as much as 5 metric tons of plastic waste a day. This is followed by Mormugao generating 4.5 metric tons and Mapusa with 2.4 metric tons of plastic waste.
The plastic waste generated from rural areas is also expected to be the same of 20 metric tons a day.
Not only locals, but tourists and the industry are responsible for generating the same, opines the report.
Even though efforts are being made to collect and bail the waste, the report says that disposal is not being carried out in a scientific manner.
It points out that rag pickers and scrap dealers pick only what is economically viable and the rest just gets accumulated at dumping grounds.
The plastic bottle industry which is responsible for adding to the waste must also be made to take back its waste.
The study further discloses that the quantity of plastic waste generated is much more than the quantity of plastic waste recycled. Out of 197 plastic manufacturing units, only 22 units are recycling units, the report points out.
It also proposes incentives to the recycling industry to upgrade its practices. The report suggests awareness and enforcement against littering and providing alternatives such as cloth and paper to discourage use of plastic. “The Goa State Pollution Control Board has adopted this report and is working out modalities to help reduce plastic waste,” said a highly placed official of the board.
The report was prepared by GSPCB following directions from the central board seeking the status of the plastic waste problems and possible solutions to reduce the menace.