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Sources at the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) indicate around 4,500 metric tonnes of waste being generated in Hyderabad every day, out of which 2,500 tonnes comprises plastic in the form of bottles and bags. According to the Plastic Waste Management and Handling Rules 2011, the municipal authorities are required to set up plastic waste management system but this has remained only on paper. Throughout Telangana Plastic is a big menace as 90% of single-use plastic thrown away is polluting our food and water sources and ultimately our health. Less than 50 micron plastic to PET bottles plastic once manufactured is impossible to be eliminated from the environment. This causes choking of water channels, killing aquatic life and accidental consumption by herbivorous animals. Another concern is that these plastic and toxic chemicals could accumulate in food chains, eventually making their way into our food chain via aquatic animals that eat micro-fiber of plastic.
After assuming power under the guidance of CM of Telangana, KCR has launched a flagship programme called 'Telanganaku Haritha Haram' which envisages plantation of 230 crore saplings in the mission of greening Telangana. With the same zeal we request Telangana government to ban single-use plastics and help support a move to sustainable non-polluting, non-fossil fuel based alternatives. We call on you to immediately phase out single-use plastics, support sustainable alternatives, and tackle the billions of tons of plastics that are already in our oceans, our streams, our wildlife, and in ourselves.