Target: Manjunath Reddy, Mayor of Bangalore
Goal: Praise ban on plastic and polymer packaging that is damaging the environment and endangering health.
Plastic bags, sheets, covers, and beads have been banned in Bangalore, a major city in India. The decision was made in response to the city’s longstanding garbage crisis caused by a massive population explosion and a sanitation system that is struggling to keep up with growth. A lack of funding has resulted in the closure of several landfills and strikes by trash cleanup staff. Festering garbage has caused the pollution of both urban areas and rivers, resulting in massive pest infestations and subsequent protests by residents.
The ban on plastics will have reasonable exclusions for certain sealed foods and dairy products, but otherwise will cover the majority of plastics and other polymers. It will be illegal for any merchant to produce, sell, or possess any non-exception plastics. The government has suggested alternatives, including cloth and jute, which generally have less of a negative impact on the environment and are more reusable. This will result in a drastic reduction in the over 1,000 tonnes of plastic garbage produced in the massive city each day.
Not only will the ban help address the garbage crisis, but will have a positive effect on the environment through a reduction in emissions caused by plastic production as well as a decrease in solid waste. This new ban could set a precedent for other cities in India dealing with similar sanitation issues. Sign the petition below to applaud this groundbreaking and forward-thinking solution to the pollution crisis.
Dear Mayor Manjunath Reddy,
A ban has been implemented on the sale and production of plastic bags, packaging, and covers. This will have a major impact on the recurring Bangalore sanitation crisis caused in part by the production of over 1,000 tonnes of plastic trash each day. It will not only benefit citizens that live in filth due to pollution, but local rivers and the environment as a whole.
If successful, this ban could serve as a groundbreaking solution to sanitation issues common in India. It will reduce emissions from plastic production as well as result in cleaner rivers and city streets. We, the undersigned, praise your strict and forward solution to these pressing issues.
[Your Name Here]
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