Residents and shoppers at Tagore Garden should pat themselves on the back. After all, this West Delhi market has become the first major commercial center to do away with any kind of plastic. All over the market, there is a stark difference when compared to other shopping zones due to the lack of plastics, which is certainly a step in the right direction.
What's the update?
In a highly progressive move, the market at Sant Shiromani Maharshi Balinath Marg in Tagore Garden became the first completely plastic free market in Delhi. The major chunk of the plastic came from vendors who would use polythene bags for all purposes.
Since the issue of environment degradation is rather pressing these days, the vendors have taken heed of this as well as the government's ban on single-use plastics. Delhiites can soon expect cleaner markets and an immediate change in market policies.
Will it help the vendors?
To reiterate their point, many shopkeepers and vendors had signs along their shops urging people to pay a few rupees extra for a cloth bag or to bring one themselves. All of the 70 vendors came together to decide on this. However, only time will tell how economical this model of reducing plastic consumption is.
At any rate, it should cut down on the plastic usage quite substantially if we look at the numbers. As of now, the vendors give out approximately 10,500 plastic bags on each day. If the move is beneficial enough, the SDMC will implement it in 20 markets across 4 localities in Delhi.
Since these plastic bags aren't recyclable, they pose as an immediate threat to the environment. With the help of this move, the consumers themselves have a large part to play in the more grand scheme of things.