Video: Is Chennai ready for a ‘plastic-less’ new year?

PLASTIC BAN IN TAMILNADU

A butcher in Madambakkam has put out a notice requesting the customers to bring vessels, to cut down the usage of plastic and paper covers. Pic: Laasya Shekhar

Citizens of Tamil Nadu will start the new year without plastic, thanks to the state government’s decision to impose a ban on plastic. In the absence of sufficient awareness of alternatives to plastic, a sense of ambiguity prevails among  citizens and trader communities, even though it has been six months since the announcement was made. 

We spoke to various stakeholders, whose livelihoods have traditionally remained linked in one way or the other to plastic, to know how they plan to cope with the ban.

 

About Laasya Shekhar 283 Articles
Laasya was a Senior Reporter at Citizen Matters. Prior to this, she worked as a reporter with Deccan Chronicle. Laasya has written extensively on environmental issues, women and child rights, and other critical social and civic issues. A Masters in Journalism from Bharathiar University, she has been experimenting at Citizen Matters with diverse formats varying from photos, videos and infographics for an interactive content presentation. Laasya is most proud of her work on beach encroachment and lake pollution, which the NGT took suo moto cognizance of. In her spare time, Laasya likes to play with her dogs, read and cook! She tweets at @plaasya.