In a bid to check the increasing problem of plastic waste and to make people aware about the hazards of single-use plastic items, the administration of Mulugu, a district in Telangana formed just earlier this year in February, has started a unique drive in all of its 174 villages. As part of the initiative, the district administration of Mulugu has set up plastic collection centres in each village and each citizen will receive one kilogram (kg) of rice in return for each kilogram of plastic waste that they bring in. According to District Collector C. Narayana Reddy, the programme was initiated following Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao’s directions to curb the use of single-use plastic across the State. While talking to media, Mr. Reddy, whose brainchild this initiative is, said,
Our aim is to completely remove single-use plastic from the district. This is because a large part of the district covers forest area and wildlife sanctuaries that attract tourists from across the country. People are habitual of carrying disposable plastic items which cause huge damage to the flora and fauna here.
The Mulugu district is a tourist attraction for its many wildlife sanctuaries. However, plastic pollution is affecting forests and compromising on its natural beauty. Thanks to this program, villagers are willing to clean their surroundings in exchange for rice.