Ranchi, Aug. 10: Students of BIT-Mesra have embarked on a mission to rid their campus of plastic and polythene items.
The drive, spearheaded by the cradle’s Environment Protection and Awareness Club (EPAC), will encourage use of clay pots and stainless steel glasses instead of plastic ones at the institute’s canteen.
About 20 shops in the BIT-Mesra neighbourhood will be covered under the campaign.
The initiative was launched on August 7 after a meeting of EPAC and faculty members. After the meeting, the members had tea in clay pots in a pledge to make the campus plastic-free.
EPAC members have roped in potters from Kumhartoli to supply clay items to the canteen and the shops. “Besides making the environment plastic-free, this drive will also boost the income of these potters, who have agreed to provide clay pots in bulk at the rate of 30 paise each,” said EPAC president Akash Raj.
As of now, clay pots will be provided to shopkeepers for free. “We do not want them to go back to using paper bags and clay pots,” said Raj.
EPAC members will also urge vegetable vendors in the neighbourhood to use cloth bags.
“Many vendors in our area are not aware that polythene bags are banned in the state. Hence, it’s our responsibility to generate awareness among commoners. In future, we will take out rallies in our area to apprise people of the significance of our drive,” Raj pointed out.
The green club has also requested the registrar of the cradle to issue an official notice to shun polythene bags on the campus.
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