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Plastic Free Hyderabad campaign launched
A workshop on Plastic Waste Rules & Pollution Preventive Measures was also organized jointly by Telangana State Pollution Control Board (TSPCB) & Sri Anand Kumar Sontyana, President, India Youth For Society (IYFS) today at AV College, Domalguda, Gagan Mahal, Hyderabad.

The campaign was launched by Ms Sumathi, Senior Environmental Engineer, Telangana Pollution Control Board and about 60 students and 22 delegates have participated and 176 jute and cloth bags have been distributed freely.

IYFS aims to reduce the consumption of the single-use-plastics as much as we can. The organization promotes alternatives to plastic bags. An awareness programme and cloth bags at subsidy prize are being supplied to the public at rythu bazaars.

Speaking at the workshop, Ms Sumathi, Senior Environmental Engineer, TSPCB, said PCB is taking several initiatives to make their offices plastic free offices. Clean-up drives are being organized in the last week of May. Ms. Sumathi led a pledge with the participants about giving-up single-use-plastics. She appreciated the students and said "the campaign should be a movement." Social Media is also useful to create awareness. Very soon, PCB releases a documentary film in the theatres about impact of Plastic Pollution and controlling measures.

Dr Vinitha, Faculty of Business Administration, AV College also participated in this programme, she said she has been plan a project with her students about recycling plant at the college. She said that she would make a drive to make Himayat Nagar as plastic free area.

Sharing a short report about the campaign, Mummana Jagadish Kumar, Secretary, India Youth For Society said his team has been focusing on KPHB Rythu Bazaar & Erragadda Rythu Bazaar. The outcome was great so the team does their drive regularly with alternatives such as cloth and jute at affordable price.

The students discussed on "Plastic Pollution – Plastic Waste Rules - Awareness – Alternatives to Plastics - Collective Efforts for Preventive Measures – Sensitizing Younger Generation."

Some of the ideas & decontamination are

1) Cancer victims would grow if we do not stop packaged-food.

2) Children should be sensitized more about the impact. They would take quick change.

3) Plastic bags and plates make all menace so if we can avoid it 50% pollution is green.

G Rama Reddy concluded with the workshop with formal vote of thanks. In the programme, Vamsi Pranav, Naveen Oscar, Appala Reddy have also participated.

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