Starting from April 1, the Golden Temple is going to set an example for the rest of the country by replacing plastic bags with biodegradable bags. This is, of course, a fantastic and revolutionary step taken by them.
In a meeting of K.S.Pannu, chairman of Punjab Pollution Control Board and Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) officials, the decision of switching to biodegradable bags in all the gurudwaras of Punjab has been made.“Initially, all the bulk consumers of carrying bags shall be impressed upon to switch over to compostable carry bags” said Pannu.
In these days of pollution, plastic bags have become a burning issue. It affects the soil in a severe way causing the soil pollution. Hence, SGPC’s chief secretary Dr Roop Singh has declared that they will start using bags of corn and wheat instead of plastics.
“As much as 200 quintals of plastic bags were used at the Golden Temple per year along with 65 quintals of plastic bags used for packing of ‘Pinni Parshad’”, quoted Dr.Roop Singh. In Punjab plastic bags is a main issue of pollution as they block drains, sewer causing major health hazards.
“Punjab had imposed a blanket ban on the manufacture, sale and use of plastic carry bags in the state, but the supply and use of plastic carry bags could not be controlled as there was a huge demand from the public for such carry bags”, Pannu admitted. He also assured that the Government has ordered materials for composing biodegradable carry bags to ISO standards in terms of Plastic Waste Management Rules, 2016.