Social organisations and administration in Kandhamal district have started a campaign to make the district polythene free. This campaign has been started in Phulbani, the district headquarters town and it would be extended to its remote rural areas in the next phase. M. S. Padhi, the special administrator for Kandhamal district, urged the people of Kandhamal to use bags of bio-degradable materials instead of polythene bags. The social activists involved in this campaign said that polythene waste had started to degrade virgin nature of the district.