Plastic are one of the most dangerous substance to our environment. They kill land animals as well as marine animals. They also overfill the landfills.
The environment and forests department has issued a notification of banning plastic materials under 50 microns in thickness.
Visitors to Patna zoo, Eco Park, and other parks in the city will not be allowed to take in plastics below the specified thickness from 5th June.
The notification states that the ban has been imposed under powers given to the department according to provisions of the Environment (Protection) Act, 1986, as per media reports
Principal chief conservator of forests D.K. Shukla said “We have taken this step to make the parks free of the polythene which has become a major source of pollution. Polythene ban is already there in national parks and sanctuaries in Bihar.”
The notification also points out on how plastic waste has become a major issue for developed societies, and how it remains in the environment, affecting soil, water sources and rivers because of its non-biodegradable nature, how open burning of plastic causes environmental pollution whereas burring under soil affects soil fertility.
Consumption of plastic by animals once polythene materials are thrown along with garbage; affect their health, sometimes choking leads to the death of animals.
Shukla said those carrying plastic items under 50 microns in thickness would not be allowed entry into Patna zoo, Eco Park and 70 other parks in Patna that are maintained by the environment and forests department.
Notification will be applicable across all parks maintained by the department across the state Shukla added.
Sources said the department maintains at least 200 parks in Bihar.