Video: Is Chennai ready for a ‘plastic-less’ new year?

The ban on plastic has generated mixed response among Chennai citizens. Yet, there are some who have embraced the cause wholeheartedly and are inspiring others to follow suit.

A butcher in Madambakkam has put out a notice requesting the customers to bring vessels, to cut down the usage of plastic and paper covers. Pic: Laasya Shekhar

Citizens of Tamil Nadu will start the new year without plastic, thanks to the state government’s decision to impose a ban on plastic. In the absence of sufficient awareness of alternatives to plastic, a sense of ambiguity prevails among  citizens and trader communities, even though it has been six months since the announcement was made. 

We spoke to various stakeholders, whose livelihoods have traditionally remained linked in one way or the other to plastic, to know how they plan to cope with the ban.

 

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