Coimbatore

Camp goes plastics-free

Aluminium buckets have replaced plastic buckets at the camp. M. Periasamy

Aluminium buckets have replaced plastic buckets at the camp. M. Periasamy   | Photo Credit: M_Periasamy

While the State is into a countdown to the ban of single-use plastic items, the 11th annual rejuvenation camp for temple and mutt elephants at Thekkampatti near Mettupalayam started on Friday with a plastic-free concept.

According to officials of the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR and CE), single-use plastic items and even plastic buckets are not being used in the rejuvenation camp.

T.K. Ramachandran, Principal Secretary and Commissioner of HR and CE, which is conducting the camp, told The Hindu that areca leaf plates would be used for serving food to nearly 200 people, including officials from HR and CE, Forest Department, veterinarians, mahouts, cavadis and helpers.

“All the staff of HR and CE and others taking part in the camp have been asked not to use single-use plastic items such as plastic plates and disposable glasses. Our aim is to reduce plastic waste generation in the camp,” said Mr. Ramachandran.

Areca leaf plates, steel tumblers and steel plates are used as alternatives to plastic items.

All the mahouts have been provided aluminium buckets for collecting eatables for elephants, such as jaggery, fruits and pulses. Water purifiers have also been installed to avoid the use of bubble top cans that were used in the earlier camps.

The previous rejuvenation camps used to generate a huge volume of plastic waste owing to the use of disposable glasses and plastic coated paper plates.

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