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Corporation officials seize banned bags and cups made of thin plastic

Stern action:Corporation officials with the seized tobacco and plastic materials in Salem on Wednesday. The civic body has urged people to use eco-friendly bags and cooperate in ridding the city of thin plastic items.—PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
Stern action:Corporation officials with the seized tobacco and plastic materials in Salem on Wednesday. The civic body has urged people to use eco-friendly bags and cooperate in ridding the city of thin plastic items.—PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

In a massive inspection drive carried out in shops in three zones, City Municipal Corporation health officials seized banned gutka, pan masala and tobacco items worth Rs. 35,000 and also a number of banned plastic bags and cups worth Rs. 53,000.

The civic body has banned the plastic bags, cups and other items which are less than 40 microns thick.

Meetings with traders and vendors, besides awareness programmes have already been conducted regarding this matter.

After the Central government banned the tobacco items, health officials are conducting inspections in shops across the city.

On Wednesday, three teams of health officials inspected 54 shops in Kondalampatti Zone, Hasthampatti Zone and Suramangalam Zone, and seized the banned items. Shopkeepers were also fined Rs. 10,000 for violating the ban.

The civic body has asked people not use the banned plastic bags but go for eco-friendly bags.

A press release from Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan asked people to cooperate so that the city can be free from plastics.

In the evening, at an awareness meeting held for traders and vendors, they were asked not to sell plastic bags or cups that were less than 40 microns thick.

The ill-affects of plastics, the ban and the law to punish the violators were explained at the awareness meeting in which more than 100 traders and vendors participated.

Ban on plastics

Civic body has banned plastic bags, cups and other items less than 40 microns thick

Awareness programmes, besides meetings with traders and vendors, already conducted

Officials inspect shops in Salem after Central Government bans tobacco items

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